Fire provides us with heat, warmth and light, cooks our food and alleviates our stress. We often share our stories sitting by the fire.

Meanwhile, to a Marine, “fire away” is the command to discharge arms and open fire. However, Randy and Shana Fraser, new owners of the former R Bar, located on CTH M about 5 miles north of Chetek, found meanings of both fire and fire away in establishing their new business venture Fire Away Roadhouse and Rest Camp. They use it to mean “continue on,” an update to keep on truckin.” 

At age 17, Randy Fraser joined the Marines and “celebrated” his 18th and 21st birthdays overseas in Iraq. As a machine gunner, he experienced impact injuries and service-connected disabilities.

His wife Shana is a Chetek High School graduate. This is her hometown. Although Randy is new to the Chetek area, he finds its peace and quiet comforting.

Therefore, the name serves as a tribute to Randy’s military service and his feelings toward his new home.

Their menu is definitely not typical bar food. Though it does include deep fried curds, they are served with roadhouse ranch sauce and pepper jelly ketchup.

Other appetizers include a hearty homemade hummus with seasonal veggies known as Rabbit Food, thin-cut battered and deep fried onion strings and backcountry burnt ends, crispy and juicy.

Baskets do include beef burgers with beef sourced from Brion’s Deli in Cameron, chicken breast sandwiches and a vegetarian black bean patty.

Randy’s favorite burger is the Phoenix Rising which features green chile-lime aioli and mozzarella cheese with spring mix, tomato, onion and a pickle.

They also have Booyah stew, Log Jam-Balaya, toasted Gnocchi and the fisherman’s catch which in January features a 7 oz. pan fried freshwater walleye fillet.

Wednesdays, chicken wings, smoked using the open pit technique are featured and filling the entire restaurant and bar with the lingering aroma of a campfire.

Their Friday fish fry has something not usually available any more. For $10, diners can order a two-piece fish dinner, but for $15, just $5 more, it’s an all-you-can-eat dinner.

The Fraser’s have some new items they’ll be rolling out as spring approaches, such as the “Six Lakes Shot Paddle” featuring six shots for you and a friend to share, the “Bloody Mary Box” and the “Tap Tasting Crate.”

They also will have a device called a Foghat Smoker. It fits right over the top of your favorite beverage and infuses the drink with smoke, making an Old Fashioned cocktail or a Bloody Mary extra special.

They’ll also be rolling out desserts and a cocktail menu over the next couple months, including Tableside S’Mores. Wondermade, a marshmallow manufacturer, offers marshmallows in a variety of flavors like Churro, Fireball, Key Lime and Sugar Cookies.

The campground has 18 rustic and two primitive campsites with 50-amp electric and well-water hookups and a campfire ring.

The establishment is open 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Wednesday through Saturday now, but will expand to offer a seasonal brunch, lunch, and dinner on Sundays, May through September. The Fire Away Roadhouse and Rest Camp is located about 5 miles north of Chetek on CTH M.

For more information, they can be reached by phone at (715) 859-6556 or email or on the web at

Welcome home Randy and Shana!

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