It must’ve been inconceivable, back in the early 1950s, that a thirty-two-and-a-half-foot doughnut made from rolled steel bars and covered in gunite (aka sprayed concrete) would become one of the Southland’s most well-known and beloved sights and sites; but, more than 70 years later, there’s no arguing that the Randy’s Donuts sign (first seen at the original Randy’s Donuts in Inglewood, CA) has become one of LA’s most iconic visuals, accounting for its near ubiquity in popular culture.
Of course, being one of the textbook examples of mimetic architecture wouldn’t account for a hill of beans (or an enormous ersatz doughnut, for that matter) if the delicious pastries prepared and purveyed by Randy’s Donuts hadn’t proved to be the delectable treats we know them to be. Nor, for that matter, would the company be in the midst of an enormous expansion that has been stretching across Greater Los Angeles (Burbank), Southern California (Costa Mesa, Riverside, and San Diego), the United States (multiple Las Vegas locations), Europe (France), the Middle East and North Africa (Egypt, Kuwait, and Morocco), and Asia (the Philippines and South Korea).
And while mimetic architecture is known for many things, the aspect that I most appreciate is that it makes me smile, and the Randy’s Donuts sign is no exception. Apparently, the entertainment industry thinks audiences agree, as a chronological list of some of the sign’s most notable cameos—a number of which can be seen in the video, below—includes such films as Breathless (1983), Into the Night (1985), The Golden Child (1986), Earth Girls Are Easy (1988), Get Shorty (1995), Mars Attacks! (1996), 2012 (2009), Iron Man 2 (2010), and Dope (2015); popular television series including Saban’s Masked Rider (S1 Ep20: “Furbus Maximus”), Futurama (S1 Ep 12: “When Aliens Attack”) and Arrested Development (S1 Ep10: “Pier Pressure”); and music videos for Randy Newman (“I Love LA”), The Prodigy (“Wind It Up”), Red Hot Chili Peppers (“Californication”), and Becky G (“Becky from the Block”). Snoop Dogg even did a live DJ set from the Randy’s Donuts parking lot, during the launch party for his “Snoop x Gonz” collaboration with skateboard great Mark Gonzalez, for Adidas!
So, now that we’ve established their bona fides, let’s talk about the newest Randy’s Donuts, at Resorts World Las Vegas, on the famous Las Vegas Strip. Following the success of the first Randy’s Donuts to open in the Las Vegas Valley—at 2170 South Rainbow Boulevard (off O’Bannon Drive) where on opening day, for the first time in the company’s 70-year history, they sold out!—Randy’s Donuts is now open as a pop-up window located inside Resorts World Las Vegas’s breakfast-themed restaurant, Sun’s Out Buns Out. And while Sun’s Out Buns Out is open daily from 7am-4am, the Randy’s Donuts window will be open 24/7.
But wait: There’s more! Thanks to On The Fly at Resorts World powered by Grubhub, guests can have their Randy’s Donuts order delivered to them at various places on the property; whether in their room or suite, on the pool deck, or in the Poker Room. So, whether you’re craving a late-night Apple Fritter in your room, seeking to supplement your sunbathing with a Sprinkled Iced Cake, or think that a Glazed Crondy is the best way to assuage your feelings after that “bad beat,” Resorts World and Randy’s have got you covered!
Sun’s Out Buns Out | Resorts World Las Vegas
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