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The White Fence Farm, which opened in 1973, will close on Dec. 30.

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

The fried chicken genre opened in the summer of 1973 at 6263 W. Jewell Ave. in Lakewood. It will close on Dec. 30.

“We have been operating at a net monthly loss for a considerable amount of time,” White Fence Farm 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.”

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