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55-Year Westwood Classic Stan’s Donuts Has Closed Forever

Legendary Stan Berman has, sadly, retired

Doughnut shop owner Stan Berman stands behind his green counter.
Stan Berman
Stan’s Donuts
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.

Legendary Westwood stop Stan’s Donuts has closed permanently after 55 years. The last day of service as the small shop at 10948 Weyburn Avenue was yesterday, per a phone call to the company last night. Owner Stan Berman later posted a personal closure notice to the doughnut shop’s website.

The heartfelt goodbye reads, in part:

It is with a sad heart that I inform you that I have made the decision to close my doors and today will be the last day I will be making donuts. Unfortunately COVID-19 made the decision happen sooner, but I hope that you will remember how our donuts made you smile for many years to come.

The legendary doughnut shop served generations of UCLA students and greater Westside locals, all from an unassuming storefront that offered little else except drip coffee. The tiny storefront thrived for years on its simple glazed doughnuts filled with things like peanut butter and banana or jelly, but third-generation baker Berman was ready to hang it up this year. “Over the years each of you have touched my life,” the statement also reads. “Your support and friendship has meant more than you know.”

The loss of Stan’s Donuts comes on the heels of several other prominent closures — some temporary during the current coronavirus pandemic, and others permanent. The latter includes names like Nate’n Al’s in Beverly Hills, which closed its current location and no longer has a new location on the horizon, and the 27-year-old diner Swingers on Beverly Boulevard. A collection of offshoot Stan’s locations continues on in the Chicago area.