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805 West Manchester Avenue
Inglewood CA 90301


ron & larry's small business under the BIG DONUT at LAX
world reknown as the "World's Best Donuts"
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As the Los Angeles Conservancy says, "designed by Robert Graham, Randy's Donuts (1953) is a classic example of mid 20th century programmatic architecture, where the shape of the building represents the product sold within. Located in Inglewood at 805 W. Manchester Avenue, the giant steel-supported doughnut dwarfs the small Modern fast food building below."


Randy's was built in 1953 as part of the now-defunct Big DoNut chain and is the only remaining example.  The orginal owner, Carol Rose Kahn, from Michigan, after her investments went sour, decided to keep it here and not move it back to Michigan – after all, the Randy in question was her guy out here, Randy Reed.  The current owner-operators are Larry and Rob Weintraub, and the one of them told me he's really from Cleveland.  But it stays here. 


You can catch a glimpse of it in Randy Newman's video "I Love LA" (here) and this drive-in and doughnut bakery has a website listing some of the films in which it appears - Earth Girls Are Easy, Mars Attacks!, Golden Child, Into the Night, Coming to America, Stripped to Kill, Problem Child 2, Breathless (the remake, not the French classic), California Girls, Love Letters and so forth.  And as noted here, Randy's also appeared on the Food Network's "Top 5: Fab Food Architecture" and "a donut shop remarkably like Randy's" shows up on the Simpsons and on Futurama.  It's famous – had to get some shots. 

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