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Our History
In 1978 we opened our first Machine Shed Restaurant on the outskirts of Davenport, IA. We had just 100 seats and we were all still pretty young and green, but we started with a powerful commitment. That was a five-word constitution: “Dedicated to the American Farmer.” That dedication meant that we worked hard to have a restaurant that wasn’t just ‘farm themed’ but would be something that farmers could be
proud of.

 

The Machine Shed – An Award Winning Restaurant

Through the years, Machine Shed Restaurants have sprung up around
the Midwest 
and have earned a bushel full of awards. 

1981: Roast Pork Loin Stuffed with Country Sage Dressing
Winner of the Iowa Pork Cook Off

Golden Butter Knife

1982: Tangy Tenderloin
Winner of the Iowa Pork Cook Off

Golden Butter Knife

1983: Roasted Stuffed Iowa Chop
with Warm Apple Raisin Dressing and Apple Whiskey Sauce
Winner of the Iowa Pork Cook Off
& National Pork Recipe Contest

National Pork Restaurant of the Year – National Pork Producers Council

Beef Backer Award – Iowa Beef Industry Council

Golden Egg Award – American Egg Board

Golden Butter Knife – Scott County Dairy Association

Iowa Pork Restaurant of the Year – Iowa Pork Producers

Kansas Pork Restaurant of the Year – Kansas Pork Producers

Minnesota Pork Restaurant of the Year – Minnesota Pork Producers

Best Breakfast in America - Travel Channel’s Food Paradise

Top 50 Multi-Concept Growth Companies - Nation’s Restaurant News 

T.O.M. Award – National Turkey Federation