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Reader: Sad to See Longtime Places Like White Fence Farm Closing

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After 45 years and 5 million chicken dinners, White Fence Farm will finally turn off the fryers at the end of service Sunday, December 30. One of the original eatertainment complexes, White Fence Farm has petting zoos and gift shops as well as family-style fried chicken dinners...and a good thing, too, because would-be diners have waited hours this month to have one last meal at the place.

The restaurant sits on a prime piece of property in Lakewood that was truly a farm back in 1973, when Charlie Wilson opened a Colorado version of a concept that got its start outside Chicago. (The White Fence Farm in Romeoville, Illinois, is still going strong.) New owners bought it four years ago; they blame the closure on increased costs and a tough labor market. They'll be auctioning off most of the contents January 25; new homes have already been arranged for the animals.

But at the end of today, White Fence Farm itself will fly the coop. And readers have plenty of thoughts about that: Says Billie: 
So sad. Always enjoyed the meals and merchants' items.
Adds Hal: 
Sad to see all these old establishments closing down but understandable, considering the increase in minimum wage, regulations, and taxes.
Comments Kelly: 
Hopefully another restaurant will open there...no more houses, apartments or stores.
Responds Candice: 
It wasn't good. So many people hyped this thing up and it was just meh.
 Replies Arturo: 
Will miss them corn fritters.
Shares Colleen: 
Our family waited four hours for a meal there in early December. I feel we are complete.
Says Joseph: 
Nice place, but that was an awfully long drive and big price tag for KFC-quality fried chicken.
Talk about long drives — Jimmy concludes:
 If you want real fried chicken, go to Stroud's North in Kansas City. It’s worth the nine-hour drive.
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