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Pair open new restaurant in Bay City

Lisa Carlson (pictured) is a co-owner of Café Shack in Bay City, along with partner Carrie Summer. -- Photo by Jason Schulte

BAY CITY--Lisa Carlson and Carrie Summer have over a combined 50 years of experience working in the food industry.

One thing they had never done is owned and operated their own restaurant.

That is, until October, when the pair opened Chef Shack in Bay City, located at the former River Bay Café.

Carlson explained they found the building on the internet, took a tour and were sold.

"As soon as we walked in, we knew," she said. "We felt there was a definite need for a restaurant in this area." As a result, she continued, they only made minor repairs to the building.

Chef Shack is currently open from 5-10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sundays. The menu features a wide array of items highlighting the pair's strengths, as they are both trained chefs.

Carlson said one trait of both the restaurant and the food trucks they own in Minneapolis (where they both live) is fresh foods.

"It is all in the taste because the closer you can get to the ground, the better," she said.

Carlson is also touting the word local.

"We want to tap into Wisconsin beers and Wisconsin farms," she said, noting her and Summer are acquainted with Leah Nesbitt-Miller of Nesbitt's Nursery, another advocate of fresh and local foods.

Carlson said they also wanted Chef Shack to be a restaurant of all ages and, so far, the reception has been welcoming.

"We wanted something everyone would feel comfortable in," she continued, adding people can bring the whole family in. "An eight-year-old told me I was a really good cook."

When summer approaches, she said, they will take advantage of the outside space surrounding the building.

For more information, visit or call (715) 594-3060.

Jason Schulte

Jason Schulte is a reporter for the New Richmond News since February 2015. Prior to that he spent eight years at the Pierce County Herald in Ellsworth. His duties with the News will include covering news out of Hammond and Roberts along with action from St. Croix County court system. He lives in Roberts. 

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