The Donut Man Turns 40

The landmark doughnut shop in Glendora celebrates its 40th anniversary today.

Forty years ago today, Jim Nakano, a.k.a. , opened a small doughnut shop on Route 66 in Glendora.

It was May 23, 1972, and Nakano had no idea then that the tiny business would become , a place where foodies come from afar to experience its famous strawberry-filled doughnuts.

Now, at 40 years old, the Donut Man is still eager to fulfill their sweet cravings 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

The doughnut shop first opened its doors as Foster’s Donuts, but when customers started calling Nakano “The Donut Man,” the name stuck.

Most famous for its fresh fruit-filled doughnuts, Nakano will only serve strawberry doughnuts when strawberries are in season. Afterwards, he will switch to peach-filled doughnuts.

Nakano says he scouts out the freshest fruits in Los Angeles markets, but there was a time he recalls when strawberries were growing all around the doughnut shop.

“I used to get all my berries locally, but all the homes have been built up here so now I have to go down to a wholesale produce market,” Nakano told Patch in September 2011.

But The Donut Man remains a local classic, almost part of regular day of any local resident.

“We probably come here once a week,” said Linda Ulery, a loyal Donut Man customer for 15 years.

Jerry Kitchel May 23, 2012 at 03:53 PM
I remember stopping at Jim's shop to grab a donut in November 1977. I'll never forget that first experience of tasting the best donut on the face of the earth. Happy Anniversary, Donut Man!!!!
Albert G May 23, 2012 at 05:35 PM
Darn...I think I gained three pounds just LOOKING at these donuts! Way to go Donut Man! Stick around...please!
Lou Irigoyen May 23, 2012 at 07:56 PM
Great place to stop and grab some coffee and a doughnut. Great doughnuts!! Relaxing just to sit there and sip your coffee and watch the world go by. Thanks Doughnut Man. Your kind of place is special in our fast paced world.
Matt R. May 24, 2012 at 07:37 AM
Congrats! 40 years...wow. Love those CRs and Tiger Tails! Where has the time gone? I remember back in 1978, in college, those late night donut runs. Kept me sane...and some weight on me too during Finals week.
EricM January 14, 2013 at 06:02 PM
WOW.... I remember when I had a paper route off of Elwood and Bennett and I would ride my bike down to Donut Man (then called Foster's Donuts) after my deliveries for chocolate bars and tiger tails every morning in the summer (1982). Congrats Jim on the success over the years.


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