The first Johnny’s Italian Steakhouse opened in Des Moines, Iowa to rave reviews in April of 2002. Today, there are eleven locations in Iowa, Illinois, Wisconsin, Nebraska, Kansas, Ohio and Texas, with several more in development. As a distinctly upscale dining experience with reasonable prices, Johnny’s is uniquely positioned between casual (e.g. Outback Steakhouse™) and fine dining concepts (e.g. Ruth’s Chris™).
The ambiance at Johnny’s is reminiscent of the classic supper clubs of the 40s and 50s, creatively blending the sophistication of the past with a modern edge. Think tiled floors, large upholstered booths and crystal chandeliers, all while Sinatra, Diana Krall or Michael Bublé plays melodically overhead.
This innovative design features thematic décor sets and vintage finishes as well as luxurious draperies that create private dining areas within the restaurant. As well, the Blue Bar™ provides guests with a lively lounge atmosphere where cell phones take a backseat to conversation. This is not your average, testosterone-driven steakhouse; the eclectic atmosphere draws in a diverse crowd of male and female, business and leisure.
At Johnny’s, the steaks take center stage, and are complemented by a gourmet assortment of Italian cuisine that doesn’t require Iron Chef skills. Our professional culinary team ensures the quality of the dining experience from one location to the next via standardized and costed recipes along with demonstration videos and online tutorials.
The versatility of the concept has already been proven a success as part of free-standing developments, lifestyle centers, retail-level offices and hotel complements. With exceptional food and furnishings, Johnny’s Italian Steakhouse accommodates a wide variety of demographics.
The Right Fit
Johnny’s Italian Steakhouse™ is more than just a restaurant franchise, it’s a family.
Although we’d love for everyone to be a member of the Johnny’s team, we are only looking for franchise partners who are fully committed to upholding our meticulous brand standards and delivering a first class experience to our guests.
This requires candidates to have the right mix of previous foodservice experience, available capital, prospective locations and, above all, enthusiasm for the Johnny’s brand. As our President and CEO, Mike Whalen, puts it, “Life is always much better when both parties get to pick who they play with.”
Yes, the qualifications are robust, but we want you to get in on the ground floor of something great – an aspirational brand known for its exclusivity, expert service and exceptional cuisine. Once you are a part of our family, we will nurture your success every step of the way. From location selection, interior/exterior design services and local marketing all the way through to supply chain management and staff training, we will be there to help you deliver a dining experience worthy of a standing ovation.
Your success is our success, after all, and together we will continue to make Johnny’s Italian Steakhouse™ a beloved restaurant destination.