National Guard helps train Illinois restaurant

December 6, 2016

Johnny’s Italian Steakhouse has taken a unique approach to developing employee camaraderie. 

The Moline, Ill.-based casual-dining chain partnered with the Iowa National Guard on a training program last spring that consisted of hands-on workshops and talks from service members on teamwork and leadership. 

“We wanted to do something different besides a lecture-and-learn series,” Ajay Singh, vice president of business development at Johnny’s, told Nation’s Restaurant News.  The chain currently has 11 units, with six in development.

Last April, the Iowa National Guard hosted about 50 Johnny’s employees of various levels at the Army Aviation Support Facility in Davenport, Iowa. The