Candy — El Segundo is getting a Randy’s Donuts subsequent yr – Every day Breeze


Randy’s Donuts, the iconic Inglewood eatery known for its gigantic rooftop doughnut sculpture — and its frequent appearances on television and in movies — is expanding south to El Segundo next year.

The doughnut shop has been announced as the sixth and final tenant of Apollo Landing, a new row of fast-casual restaurants on Rosecrans Avenue, where Shake Shack debuted last month and a cashless Tender Greens opened this week.

The South Bay's first Shake Shack restaurant at Apollo Landing in El Segundo on Wednesday, November 1, 2017. The store opens Sunday. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)
The South Bay’s first Shake Shack restaurant at Apollo Landing in El Segundo. The store opened in early November. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)

A Philz Coffee, Pier 76 Fish Grill and Caló Kitchen + Tequila are under construction. No opening dates are set, but Philz Coffee likely will be next to open, according to Bryce Caster of Continental Development.

Randy’s Donuts, which will be on the east side of the development between Pier 76 Fish Grill and Philz Coffee, should open by summer 2018, said owner Mark Kelegian.

“I think El Segundo is a great spot for it and we look forward to doing more in the South Bay,” he said. “It’s only 6 or 7 miles from our first location, but we all know that in L.A. that could mean 30 minutes.”

An L.A. icon

Randy’s Donuts opened in 1953 as the Big Donut Drive-In at 805 W. Manchester Blvd. Although it isn’t the only surviving shop from the former chain, the highly visible eatery just west of the 405 Freeway has achieved fame as an L.A. landmark.

Kelegian purchased Randy’s Donuts three years ago and has plans to expand in Southern California and beyond.

In August, he opened a kiosk shop at the Westfield Century City Mall that sells about 1,000 doughnuts a day that are baked off-site at the flagship location, which sells eight times that many daily.

Second full-operation

The El Segundo shop will be Randy’s Donuts’ second standalone operation, but it won’t be open 24 hours.

“We will bake on-site fresh every morning and we will have an expanded menu of additional items, including grab-and-go breakfast items made fresh,” Kelegian said.

And yes, he plans to put a big doughnut on a trellis above the shop, though it won’t be as huge as the original. It’ll need the approval of city planners.

“It won’t be nearly the same size, but we are trying to get a doughnut out in front,”  Kelegian said. “We want you to walk in or to drive by a Randy’s and just immediately recognize that’s the giant doughnut place, if you know nothing else about…



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