Long Beach's Giant Donut is Going Down.. For Now

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Photo by Charles Lam
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Today is the day that Long Beach's giant donut, the pink donut sign that stands over the former Daily Grind on 7th street, gets taken down. It's been standing there since the 50s, when it was erected by the now gone Angel Cake Donut.

Look at it, it's such a sad sight.

The Daily Grind is closing to make way for one of the franchises in Dunkin' Donuts' new California expansion. The Long Beach Dunkin' Donuts is scheduled to open before the end of the year.

Don't be too sad though, the latest reported plans are to reincorporate the donut in the building once the construction is finished, thanks to the efforts by the Save The Giant Donut campaign and several Long Beach merchants.

But until happens, 7th Street is just going to be a little sadder.

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26 comments
N-16
N-16

J.B....no donut for you!

Bubblehead
Bubblehead

I was so bummed to see it gone the other day.  In the late 90s when they painted it pink and the building was done in Miami colors, it put a smile on my face everyday.  


Alas, there's still one in Compton!

AGuyInLA
AGuyInLA

I grew up 3 blocks from the giant donut on Carson near Cherry in Long Beach. I went to Long Beach State just blocks from the giant donut on 7th street. How many giant donuts did Long Beach have?

JBinOC
JBinOC topcommenter

Last year Charles broke the story of the closing of Lee's Sandwiches at University Center in Irvine.  And now this.  I love the dynamic edge "Clam" contributes to this infernal blog. 


JBinOC
JBinOC topcommenter

This is really sad.  That donut is such a calming icon as you cross the threshold of the gateway to Long Beach (the rest of it, after the CSULB part, anyway).  It's also part of California history.



I question whether it will be reinstalled...I guarantee for some reason or another, it won't be.  I'm sure Dunkin' Donuts won't find it appealing...just as much as I don't find Dunkin' Donuts' menu items appealing.  I'd almost rather have the donut come down and another indie business open, than have the donut remain and have Dunkin' Donuts destroy California's indigenous food scene. 

Ro Ar
Ro Ar

Put it back.

David Seal
David Seal

Maybe it can be re-erected as a shrine at the police station

Dorian Jones
Dorian Jones

No. "Angel Cake Donut"??? DUNKIN IS GETTING CLOSER! ! !

Bob Knoll
Bob Knoll

o man i rember that as a kid

Steve Mares
Steve Mares

Dorian Jones - Did you ever try 'Angel Cake Donut'?

Otis Denim
Otis Denim

It was painted pink in the 90s when it became the java shack. That is when it died . The intact donuts are both on the west side of Wilmore .

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