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62-Year Sawtelle Sweets Hero Primo’s Donuts Expands to Venice

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The classic spot is officially entering expansion mode

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Colorful donuts from Primo’s Donuts in Los Angeles.
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Farley Elliott is the Senior Editor at Eater LA and the author of Los Angeles Street Food: A History From Tamaleros to Taco Trucks. He covers restaurants in every form, from breaking news to the culture, people, and history that surrounds LA's dining landscape.

The Westside is about to get another dose of doughnut, thanks to the fine folks over at greater West LA classic Primo’s Donuts. Owner Ralph Primo has confirmed to Eater that he will be opening up a new location later this year, not far from the beach at the north end of Venice.

For 62 years, Primo’s has maintained its status as one of Los Angeles’s most iconic doughnut shops — no small feat in a city with more doughnut places per capita than anywhere else in America. The family-run restaurant has always kept to its quiet strip mall roots, serving old fashioneds, glazeds, and other popular options from a diminutive storefront right off Sawtelle, just south of the 10 freeway.

Now it’s time to grow the name with a new Venice location along Main Street, just up and around the corner from the Rose Cafe. The space was previously Dagwoods, a pizza and pasta takeaway, but now will be retrofitted to make room for all those doughnuts. As for the nearest real competition, there’s Blue Star Donuts down on Abbot Kinney and Sidecar up in Santa Monica. Expect an opening to happen sometime in the fall, along with a party at the original location to celebrate the family’s 62 years of success.

Primo’s Donuts Venice
202 S. Main St.
Los Angeles, CA