With Burger Shed, Heart of America brings a winning recipe to Altoona

Burger Shed, a casual restaurant that serves up specialty burgers, handcrafted shakes, and an extra helping of attitude, is developer Heart of America’s latest Altoona creation.

The restaurant opened in July, and it’s already getting a lot of buzz thanks to its perfect location. Burger Shed (or “BS,” for short) is located right next to Johnny’s Italian Steakhouse, which offers an upscale dining experience. The two restaurants hit the spot for the millions of shoppers visiting the Outlets of Des Moines, a 300,000 square-foot retail center located on Heart of America’s 800,000 mixed-use development. Called “Prairie Crossing,” the entertainment space offers shopping, retail, dining, hotels and more, with an open-prairie-meets-Frank-Lloyd-Wright aesthetic.

Interior of Burger Shed


Tony Shepard, the restaurant’s chief operating executive, says Altoona is just right for Heart of America projects like Burger Shed…

“The growth out here has been unbelievable,” he says. “[Altoona is] the entertainment corridor for the whole metro area, as far as having hotels, restaurants, a casino, and shopping.”

…and Burger Shed is just right for Altoona.

“We feel like we’re a part of the community. The overwhelming comment around here is that we’ve needed something like this for a long time.”

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