When White Fence Farm closed its doors for the final time on Dec. 30, it left behind more than a legacy of serving up its famous fried chicken. Pieces of White Fence Farm need to go, and soon, …
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When White Fence Farm closed its doors for the final time on Dec. 30, it left behind more than a legacy of serving up its famous fried chicken. Pieces of White Fence Farm need to go, and soon, they'll be auctioned off.
Dickensheet will act as the auction house for the restaurant and Christine Dickensheet, the vice president for Dickensheet, said the auction will have items like the John Deere tractor, decorative items, arcade games, a truck, playground and kitchen equipment, candy stop, an expresso machine and the dining facility. The online auction will hold inspection on Jan. 24 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Jan. 25 from 10 a.m. to noon at www.dickensheet.com.
White Fence Farm said it was operating at a net monthly loss, and it struggled with labor shortages. It had been part of the Lakewood community for over 40 years.
“There's a lot of upkeep with a restaurant of this magnitude, and it's not just a restaurant,” said Whitney Carlos. Carlos was White Fence Farm's general manager. She said she's happy people will have an opportunity to have a piece of the restaurant's history. “It was pretty much a mini Disneyland that we were trying to keep going. It was amazing to see the outpour from the community once the news broke that we were closing.”
Agriculture has always been a key component of Lakewood's history, and as commercial growth ensued in the city after World War II, restaurants like White Fence Farm were born. Katy Lewis, a museum curator at the Lakewood Heritage Center, said White Fence Farm was a big piece to the growth of Lakewood.
“With all that business growth, we want to have a nod, or inclusion of our local history. White Fence Farm did that well,” Lewis said. “They were a business, but they also had that agricultural feel. They've been a big part of Lakewood history.”
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