Our Story

In 1978 we opened our first Machine Shed Restaurant on the outskirts of Davenport, Iowa. 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.

Shed Features

Smokehouse Favorite

Hickory Smoked Pork Ribs: A full slab of slow-roasted tender, meaty pork ribs. Basted and charbroiled.

Beef Favorite

Cattleman's Choice: Certified Angus Beef Top Sirloin™ stuffed full with a homemade dressing of Swiss cheese, mushrooms, bread crumbs, garlic and spices. Topped with our award-winning Pioneer sauce.

Pork Favorite

Roasted Stuffed Iowa Chop: Thick center-cut roasted bone-in chop, stuffed with a warm apple raisin dressing and glazed with an apple whiskey sauce. A winner in the National Pork recipe contest.


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


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

Tangy Tenderloin Winner of the Iowa Pork Cook Off

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

National Pork Restaurant of the Year – National Pork Producers Council

Beef Backer Award – Iowa Beef Industry Council

Golden Butter Knife – Scott County Dairy Association

Golden Egg Award – American Egg Board

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