Fans of The Donut Man can look forward to two big events this winter: the return of the signature strawberry stuffed doughnut in late January and the projected opening of a second location in February.
After more than 47 years of serving Glendora, The Donut Man will have a presence in downtown Los Angeles as well. It will be a tenant of Grand Central Market, a 102-year-old public market reborn as a food hall with hipster cache.
The Donut Man was founded in 1972 by Jim Nakano. It has gained a wide reputation thanks to the strawberry doughnuts, the peach stuffed doughnuts it serves in summer, and fans such as the late restaurant critic Jonathan Gold and TV personality Huell Howser, the latter of whom did an episode of his series “Visiting” with Nakano in 2000.
It still serves its customers through a walk-up window, although it has a couple of wooden benches if guests want to sit.
“I’m not sure if that would be permitted today,” said general manager Aaron Wearp in a phone interview. The size of the original shop is a factor in the expansion, according to Wearp. “It all comes down to demand and space,” he said. “We only have about 720 square feet in Glendora.”