The Donut Hole

Coordinates: 34°2′14″N 117°57′6″W / 34.03722°N 117.95167°W / 34.03722; -117.95167
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CityLa Puente
CountryUnited States
Coordinates34°2′14″N 117°57′6″W / 34.03722°N 117.95167°W / 34.03722; -117.95167

The Donut Hole is a bakery and landmark in La Puente, California. An example of programmatic architecture, the building is shaped like two giant donuts through which customers drive to place their orders. The bakery is one of the most photographed donut shops in the United States.[1]


The first Donut Hole opened in 1963, in La Puente, California. According to one source, the shop in La Puente was the second to open, in 1968, and was followed by three others.[2] However, various sources disagree and date the building's original construction from 1947[3] to 1958[4] to 1962.[5] What is certain is that the donut chain went out of business in 1979. The LaPuente donut hole was purchased by the Lopez family in 1979 and remained in the family until 2003. The Covina branch was completely remodeled and the others were demolished, and only the La Puente location remains today as a working bakery.[6]

It is a local tradition for newlyweds to drive through the donuts;[6] some cite good luck as the reason,[7] while others credit the sexual symbolism.[8] The building has been struck by cars several times in its history, most recently in 2004 when an out-of-control car crashed through one of the donut facades.[9]

Pop Culture[edit]

The building was featured in the movie Moving Violations where Chief Fromm's car was bashed.[10]

It is shown in the opening scenes of the 1987 film Dragnet.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Warner, Gary (April 28, 2002). "Hole Story: Best Donuts in the U.S.". Orange County Register.
  2. ^ Gebhard, David (2003). An Architectural Guidebook to Los Angeles. Gibbs Smith. ISBN 978-1-58685-308-2. Archived from the original on 2023-10-04. Retrieved 2016-10-26.
  3. ^ Gold, Jonathan & Huneven, Michelle (April 14, 2005). "Coffee and Dessert". LA Weekly.
  4. ^ "Hidden Treasures In and Around the San Gabriel Valley". The Homestead Museum. Archived from the original on 2007-02-08. Retrieved 2009-09-07.
  5. ^ Bright, Rhonda (May 28, 1987). "Standout Structures with Unusual Shapes". Los Angeles Times.
  6. ^ a b Butko, Sarah (2005). Roadside Giants. Stackpole Books. ISBN 978-0-8117-3228-4. Archived from the original on 2023-10-04. Retrieved 2016-10-26.
  7. ^ Harvey, Steve. "Giant Donuts in the Sky are Still Around". The LA Times.
  8. ^ Lawson, Kristan (2000). California Babylon. St. Martin's Griffin. p. 165. ISBN 978-0-312-26385-0.
  9. ^ Love, Marianne (May 18, 2004). "Just One Bite". San Gabriel Valley Tribune.
  10. ^ "Moving Violations - IMDb Filming locations". IMDb. Archived from the original on 2009-02-01. Retrieved 2018-06-29.