About LaMar’s Donuts

About LaMar’s Donuts

Delicious since 1933

From the moment Ray Lamar crafted his original donut recipe in 1933, a legacy of deliciousness was born. In 1960, the first LaMar’s Donuts opened its doors in Kansas City, Missouri, quickly becoming a sensation with lines forming daily for a taste of their hot, fresh treats.

Throughout the years, we have remained steadfast in our commitment to tradition, perfecting timeless recipes while infusing them with modern flavors and using only the freshest ingredients. Our dedication to culinary excellence ensures that each bite of a LaMar’s donut is a delectable journey through time.

Fun fact

Between our locations, LaMar’s Donuts produces 344,700 donuts per week, which is 17.9 million donuts per year.

History of LaMar’s

The roots of LaMar’s Donuts date back to 1933 when Ray Lamar, 17,  began making donuts at the Jack Frost Donuts Company.

Ray Lamar opened the first LaMar’s Donuts in a converted gas station on Linwood Blvd. in Kansas City, Missouri, in 1960. Locals immediately flocked to the homemade donuts and LaMar’s Donuts became a Kansas City institution. Lines started forming before 6 a.m., and by closing time more than 11,000 donuts are sold at this single location. The store was known for their fresh, delicious donuts and the staff never refused a special request.

Ray was a guest on Good Morning America, The Today Show and The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. Hallmark Cards designed a greeting card in his honor and the Kansas Trivial Pursuit game has a question that reads: “Where do you stand in line for donuts in Kansas City?” Answer: LaMar’s Donuts.

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