Randy's Donuts is a landmark building in Inglewood, California near Los Angeles International Airport that dates back to a period during the mid-20th Century that saw a proliferation of kitschy buildings throughout Southern California that were made in the shape of the products they sold. In the case of Randy's, the product in question is represented by a 22-foot/6.7m diameter doughnut on the roof of an otherwise ordinary drive-in that is a dedicated doughnut bakery. This building has appeared in a number of music videos including "I Love LA" by Randy Newman and a work by Snoop Doggy Dogg that had the rapper looking down from the roof. It was also featured in an episode of Futurama and in several movies including Earth Girls Are Easy. A donut shop remarkably like Randy's also appeared in an episode of The Simpsons. The shop has also appeared on the Food Network's Top 5: Fab Food Architecture and in Pier Pressure, a first-season episode of Arrested Development.
Randy's was built in 1952 as part of the now-defunct Big Donut Drive-In chain by Russell C. Wendell; he later sold off the individual stores to concentrate on his Pup 'N' Taco chain. At least four other Big Donuts survive: they are Kindle's Donuts in Los Angeles (this is the original location, built in 1950), the Donut King II in Gardena, Dale's Donuts in Compton, and Bellflower Bagels in Bellflower. Each features Robert Graham's donut sculpture.
Similar to the Big Donut chain is The Donut Hole of La Puente, California, the last of a chain of five stores featuring two 26 foot diameter drive-through fiberglass donuts on either side of a small bakery building.
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