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Colorado restaurant closing sparks concern among local chicken lovers

Romeoville’s White Fence Farm remains open

The original dining room at the White Fence Farm restaurant in Romeoville. The restaurant has been operating for more than 60 years.
The original dining room at the White Fence Farm restaurant in Romeoville. The restaurant has been operating for more than 60 years.

A Romeoville mainstay known for its “world’s greatest chicken” would like its loyal customers to know it will not be closing anytime soon.

News broke in the Denver suburbs last week that a restaurant called White Fence Farm would close by the end of the year. Fans of a Romeoville restaurant with a similar name, The Original White Fence Farm, quickly grew concerned – causing the local restaurant’s owner, and the village of Romeoville, to release statements.

“It’s all over the internet and social media, and people in Illinois are freaking out, blowing up the phones ... worried that their beloved WFF here in Romeoville, Illinois, is closing,” a statement from WFF owner Laura Hastert said through spokesperson Robert Bigger. “And it’s NOT.”

The Romeoville restaurant was busy all weekend and has received “hundreds” of calls. The concern grew so great that village officials also issued a statement Friday on the Romeoville Facebook page.

“It has come to our attention that a restaurant called White Fence Farm in Lakewood, CO, is closing their doors,” the post said. “We are here to assure you that The Original White Fence Farm Restaurant in Romeoville is still serving the chicken they are famous for. They open tonight at 5 p.m.”

The post garnered almost 400 comments and about 2,000 shares.

“We have been here for 64 years and are hoping to be here for at least another 64 years,” Hastert said. “WFF is a landmark and an institution in the Midwest. It is a tradition to gather here for friends and families not only in Illinois but from Indiana, Michigan, Wisconsin and all over the Midwest.” 

The Original White Fence Farm is located at 1376 Joliet Road in Romeoville and also has five carry-out locations.

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