Randy’s Donuts is unquestionably the icon of Inglewood. Not just a giant donut, Randy’s boasts THE giant donut, the most famous donut sculpture in America and perhaps the world.
Completed in 1953, the donut shop was reportedly designed by Henry J. Goodwin as the second of ten locations for Russell C. Wendell’s now-defunct Big Donut Drive-In Chain. Structural engineer Richard Bradshaw is said to have designed this and other giant donuts. Made of rolled steel bars covered with gunite, a specialized concrete applicator, Randy’s donut has been on display for over 60 years.
The shop supporting the donut is a typical Mid-Century Modern drive-up restaurant. It has seen multiple owners since Wendell, including the one in the mid-1970s who named it Randy’s. Since 1978 the donut stand has been owned by donut enthusiasts Ron and Larry Weintraub.
Randy’s Donuts is one of Inglewood’s most iconic landmarks, representing postwar optimism and whimsy. It was featured in the films Earth Girls Are Easy, Into the Night, Breathless, Californication, Iron Man 2, Get Shorty, Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles, Escape from Petropolis, and Love Letters. They are also noted for serving fresh donuts.