For 45 Years, Southern California's 'Donut Man' Has Drawn Crowds on Route 66 | NBC Southern California

For 45 Years, Southern California's 'Donut Man' Has Drawn Crowds on Route 66

The Donut Man is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, except for major holidays

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    Jim Nakano, 71, is a third generation Japanese American who once lived in an internment camp but since 1972 has created a local phenomenon with his Donut Man shop in Glendora.

    Nearly every morning since 1972, Jim Nakano has started his day at his Glendora doughnut shop with a cup of coffee and a fresh buttermilk doughnut, NBC News reported.

    The two in hand, he greets new and longtime customers as they wait in line picking between the nearly two dozen types of doughnuts The Donut Man sells. He then heads to the back of the shop to taste-test some of his stock, making sure everything is handled with care and fried to perfection.

    "I don't eat all the donuts," Nakano told NBC News. "I eat part of it, look at it, and taste it. I look at the consistency."

    The Donut Man is located on Route 66 in Glendora, California, and is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, except for major holidays.