After 45-years offering fried chicken and farm activities, a Lakewood institution is calling it quits. Due to financial troubles, White Fence Farm will close on December 30 at 6263 West Jewell Avenue.
“We have been operating at a net monthly loss for a considerable amount of time,” White Fence Farm co-owner Craig Caldwell said. “Efforts to create a profitable operation were not successful and we can no longer operate in this capacity.”
The farm compound encompasses a restaurant, sweets shop, petting zoo, barn, gardens, carriage rides, year-round Christmas shop, and more. More than 100 employees staff White Fence Farm on weekends, and labor is another reason the business will close, according to Caldwell.
“[...] It was becoming nearly impossible to staff the restaurant with qualified staff,” he said. “We wish we could have kept this tradition open longer but it was apparent that the changing demographics of our market were having an impact on revenue year over year.”
All staff have been notified of the closure, and the farm animals have been adopted, according to a press release. White Fence Farm will continue to operate under normal business hours until December 30. The business closed its five Denver satellite carry-out locations back in February.