Randy's Donuts celebrates anniversary
Southern California icon, Randy's Donuts, will celebrate its' 60th Anniversary on Wednesday, July 11, 2012, with a free donut give-away from 11:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m, at Randy's Donuts, 805 West Manchester Boulevard in Inglewood, California.
In addition to free donuts, owners (and brothers) Larry Weintraub and Ron Weintraub will autograph Randy's Donuts postcards and raffle Randy's Donuts t-shirts.
Known for delicious, classic-style donuts, Randy's serves tens-of-thousands of donuts annually from its' landmark building in Inglewood, California, near Los Angeles International Airport. The building is famous for the 32.5 ft donut that rests on its roof.
The building was featured in the films Earth Girls Are Easy, Mars Attacks!, The Golden Child, Into the Night, Coming to America, Stripped to Kill, Problem Child 2, Breathless, Californication, California Girls, 2012, Iron Man 2, Volcano, Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles, Escape from Petropolis, and Love Letters. It has also been featured in the music videos for Randy Newman's "I Love LA" and The Prodigy's "Wind It Up". As well as in the music video for Red Hot Chili Peppers' "Californication."
Randy's was actually built in 1953 (and appears in the 1954 edition phone book) as the second location of the now-defunct Big Donut Drive-In chain by Russell C. Wendell, a donut machine salesman.
In the 1970s Wendell sold off the individual stores to concentrate on his Pup 'N' Taco chain (which he sold to Taco Bell in 1984). Robert Eskow purchased the Manchester and Normandie locations in 1976 and named them "Randy's Donuts and Sandwiches" after his son. In 1977 a baker named Gary Kindle purchased the store on Normandie, which is still operating under the name Kindle's Donuts. In 1978, brothers Ron and Larry Weintraub (cousins to the Eskows) purchased the Randy's on Manchester and kept the name; they own it to this day.