Lakewood dining institution White Fence Farm to close after 45 years

White Fence Farm by Paul Swansen. Licensed under CC BY-ND 2.0. 

White Fence Farm, a Denver-area dining institution for nearly half a century, will close at the end of the year, owners announced Friday.

The fried chicken restaurant opened in the summer of 1973 on West Jewell Avenue in Lakewood. It will close on December 30.

“We have been operating at a net monthly loss for a considerable amount of time,” co-owner Craig Caldwell said in a statement. “Efforts to create a profitable operation were not successful, and we can no longer operate in this capacity.”

Caldwell also said the Front Range is suffering from an extreme labor shortage that has caused costs to rapidly rise the past three years.

“We require 100-plus employees on weekends, and it was becoming nearly impossible to staff the restaurant with qualified staff,” Caldwell said. “We wish we could have kept the this tradition open longer, but it was apparent that the changing demographics of our market were having an impact on revenue year over year.”

Families regularly flocked to the farm that included the Americana Barn with Granny’s and a farmhouse stage, Country Cottage, OK Corral, Carriage House, Waterside Walk, Hospitality House, Gazebo, Silo, Pig Chute, Colorado Christmas year-round, Carriage Rides and more.

The restaurant will operate regular hours until its final day.

All of the farm animals have been adopted and will be relocated when the restaurant closes.

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