Los Angeles' Iconic Randy's Donuts Nearly Ready To Open First San Diego Location

February 26, 2023

Featured in many movies and music videos over its more than 70 years in business, Los Angeles' iconic Randy's Donuts is nearly ready to unveil its first of almost a dozen locations set to launch around San Diego.

Founded in 1952 and best known for its 33-foot giant donut sculpture on the roof of its original location, Randy's Donuts signed a franchise development deal with San Diego native Emilio Tamez that includes 10 stores to open around San Diego County in the coming years. Tamez also owns and operates Taqueria Revolución and is the founder of Sadie's Hand-Crafted Ice Cream in Bonita. 

While they aimed to open this coming Wednesday, March 1, the first San Diego location of Randy's Donuts hit a delay and now hopes to open mid-month within Stonecrest Plaza in Kearny Mesa. At all Randy’s Donuts locations, customers can find over 60 different varieties of donuts along with Randy’s Rounds (Randy’s Donuts much larger version of a donut hole) and more, as well as a large variety of coffee drinks.

Randy's also has plan to open nearly 80 more stores throughout California in addition to seven company stores, 10 company affiliated stores in development in Las Vegas and seven in Central California. The company also continues its growth internationally by adding franchise development deals for France, Morocco, Egypt, Kuwait, and Bahrain to its international market, now totaling more than 60 stores.

Mark Kelegian, a Los Angeles-area entrepreneur and former attorney, purchased Randy's in 2015 to franchise the concept with his family. He says Randy's receives multiple requests every week from people asking if they can open their own shop through franchising. Randy’s Donuts began franchising domestically in summer of 2019.

Randy's Donuts has been featured in such movies and television programs as HBO's Entourage, Irona Man 2, Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles, and the music video for Red Hot Chili Pepper's "Californication," to name a few. 

Randy's Donuts is anticipated to open by mid-March at 3737 Murphy Canyon Road, Suite A, in San Diego's Kearny Mesa neighborhood. For more information, visit randysdonuts.com.