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|Type||Restaurant, doughnut shop, bakery|
|Architectural style||Novelty architecture|
|Town or city||Inglewood, California|
|Design and construction|
|Architect(s)||Henry J. Goodwin|
Randy's Donuts is a bakery and a landmark building in Inglewood, California which is near Los Angeles International Airport. It is built in a style that dates to a period in the early 20th century that saw a proliferation of programmatic architecture throughout Southern California. This style had its heyday from the mid-1920s to the mid-1930s. By the 1950s however, the trend of designing structures in the shape of the product sold there had changed to focus on signs rather than architecture itself. Randy's is represented by a giant doughnut on the roof of an otherwise ordinary drive-in that is a dedicated doughnut bakery. The building was designed by Henry J. Goodwin.
Colossal donut signs atop Randy's stores vary in size. Most locations use a 32 ft 6 in (9.91 m) diameter version that sits atop the building and faces an intersection. In Roadside Giant by Brian and Sarah Butko, the Weintraubs climbed on top of the doughnut with a tape measure and confirmed the measurements for the authors. The Bellflower and Reseda locations, however, feature a smaller version of the doughnut on top of a pole in front of the building. This may be 23 feet (7.0 m) in diameter, as is widely reported.
In the late 1940s, doughnut machine salesman Russell Wendell founded a chain of drive-in doughnut shops named Big Donut. The first location opened in 1951 in Westmont. The second location which is now a Randy's Donuts, was opened in 1952. Designed by architect Henry Goodwin and structural engineer Richard Bradshaw, the rooftop doughnut is constructed out of rolled steel bars covered with gunite.
In 1976, after shifting focus to his Pup 'N' Taco chain (bought by Taco Bell in 1984), Wendell sold the Big Donut Inglewood location to Robert Eskow who renamed the location "Randy's Donuts" after his son. In 1978, Eskow sold the shop to Ron and Larry Weintraub, who decided to retain the name for the business.
In 2015, Randy's Donuts was purchased by lawyer and entrepreneur Mark Kelegian. Since that time, the brand has added franchise locations in Southern California, South Korea, Saudi Arabia, Las Vegas, and the Philippines.
Randy's Donuts, Inglewood, 1991
The Randy's Donuts sign alongside Space Shuttle Endeavour as it is ferried through the streets of Los Angeles on Friday, October 12, 2012.
Actor and comedian Jimmie Walker with brothers Ron and Larry Weintraub, 2013
Randy's Donuts can be seen from airplanes landing at LAX (center left, near cars waiting at Manchester Boulevard). Click on photo to see larger version.
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