Penelope Winston and her family have gone to dinner at White Fence Farm since she was born 24 years ago. And there is one memory in particular that Winston will hold close for the rest of her life: …
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Penelope Winston and her family have gone to dinner at White Fence Farm since she was born 24 years ago. And there is one memory in particular that Winston will hold close for the rest of her life: The dinner she shared at the popular local eatery with her grandmother shortly before she unexpectedly died.
“It’s something that I will always cherish,” said Winston on Dec. 28, one of the last nights that White Fence Farm was open. “It is one of my favorite memories with my grandparents and that family.”
White Fence Farm closed Dec. 30 after being part of the Lakewood community since 1973. Along with serving up its famous fried chicken, the restaurant had a year-round Christmas shop, carriage rides, animals and more. In a statement announcing its closure, White Fence Farm owner Craig Caldwell said the restaurant had been operating at a net monthly loss for a long time.
“Efforts to create a profitable operation were not successful, and we can no longer operate in this capacity,” Caldwell said in the statement.
As Colorado’s food scene continued to grow, White Fence Farm struggled with labor shortage in recent years, and Caldwell cited that as another issue as to why White Fence Farm had to shut its doors for the final time.
White Fence Farm leaves a legacy of memories for its customers.
Sawyer Egan, a former Colorado Christian University student, also visited the restaraunt on Dec. 28, and shared one of his favorite memories with the Lakewood Sentinel after the meal, about what he called one of his best meories of his college years.
Egan and his friends slid down the restaurant’s two-story “Pig Chute” slide during his freshman year in college multiple times after eating dinner.
“We were old kids among the little kids, and it was probably the last time I actually felt like a kid,” said Egan, who is now 22. “It was a nice feeling.”
Lakewood Mayor Adam Paul also expressed how important White Fence Farm was to the Lakewood community. He alluded to how the restaraunt wasn’t just a part of Lakewood, but how it also has locations in Illinois.
“It’s not only a Lakewood icon, but it’s a really special place for people throughout the country. It’s certainly sad to see something like that close down,” said Paul.
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