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1966 1966 Bill Avery

1966 - Hurricane damage at the Mister Donut with the Palm Springs Publix in the background on Palm Springs Mile

700 block on the south side of W. 49th Street, Hialeah, Florida view map

Thank you to Bill Avery for contributing this great old image. I loved this Mr. Donut dearly from 1963 through 1965 because I had an early morning Herald route and we folded our newspapers most of that time at the nearby Thom McAn store at W. 49th and 8th Avenue. This Mr. Donut had their own bakery room and the franchise owner or manager would sell us a dozen warm freshly baked donuts for some ridiculously low price like a quarter or something. I only ate two, usually their glazed chocolate cake donuts and my family and the neighbors got the balance of the box. The Palm Springs Mile Publix Supermarket is visible in the background, along with the "Z" in the Zayre store just to the west. Mr. Donut was just to the west of Palm Springs Lanes, a long-time popular bowling center serving most of Hialeah and owned by the Facente family.

The Mister Donut chain of 558 stores was bought by Dunkin Donuts in February 1990. The company was owned by International Multifoods Inc., an American food processing company. Dunkin Donuts had just been sold to Allied-Lyons Company. After US Government approval Mr. Donut operated as a subsidiary of Dunkin Donuts but the franchise owners were offered the opportunity to convert to Dunkin Donut stores if they wished to do so. Mr. Donut, combined with Dunkin Donuts, now had 2,400 outlets in the chain. More information, including the two brothers-in-law who started both donut chains, is located at:

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Michael A. Rodriguez 11-Sep-2020 19:40
These pictures bring back so many memories. I used to live around here from 1976 to 1989 (870 W. 54 Street). I loved going to that Mr. Donut and recall the same regulars who were there every morning. I bowled in the youth leagues at Palm Springs Lanes right next door. Those were the days!
Shawn Tyler 10-Sep-2019 16:06
If that is the Mr. Donut next to the Bowling alley, my Mom worked there when she met my Dad.
Don Boyd13-Sep-2014 18:03
Maria, not yet but if someone generously supplies me with one I'll be glad to post it on the site because I loved their donuts and I'm surprised I didn't balloon up past my weight of 130 pounds back then because I had two or three a day every day of the week. : ) Thank you for the great story about you truants going over there from Coral Park HS.

Maria 13-Sep-2014 01:42
Any pictures of the Mister Donut in Westchester, on S.W. 87th Ave. just north of Coral Way? There's been a Mc.Donald's there for years but in the 70's, Mr. D's was the place to go for breakfast after skipping your 1st period class at Coral Park HS. It was particularly easy for those of us whose 1st. class was drama. The back door of the stage led straight to the parking lot! The teacher never suspected we were not actually behind the half closed curtain practicing our lines. On occasion, the Assistant Principal, Mr. Mc. Nulty, when not perched on the roof armed with binoculars to spot the weed smokers in the cars, would hop on over to Mr. D's to corral the truants.
Robbin P. Learned 17-Jan-2012 21:51
I had Donuts and Coffee at this Mister Donut A lot , in The 60's and The 70's. It was A Good Place !!!!!! I Liked their Donuts & Coffee. And in The Late 70's, or near 1980: A girl who Lived in My Old Neighborhood, of East Hialeah , in Sun Tan Village : named Jackie: once worked there . Now We have Dunkin Donuts everywhere in Hialeah, But in it's Day: Mister Donut, was The Place to Go for Donuts and Coffee, unless You went to Royal Castle !!!!!!!
harold martin 04-Dec-2011 13:27
the hurricane that did this damage was (Betsy) i remember three major storms in the 60s #1 hurricane Donna 1960 Donna went up the west coast but it was such a powerful and big storm we got i think 100 mph winds #2 was hurricane Cleo 1963 it hit at night came up Biscayne Bay 3in the morning we got the bulls eye i remember going out in the eye you could see the stars and then the other side of the storm started did a lot of damage they said 135mp winds back then listening to Bob Weaver The Weather Man. Thanks for letting me share!
Robin Tice Maizer 06-Dec-2009 18:37
my first job was Mister Donut. I believe it was a married couple named Baker that owned it. Mrs. Baker was a very kind woman, Mr. Baker well..... I was 15 years old when I worked there. I did not work there long cause the mix of the smell of fried donuts and being pregnant really made me sick.
Don Boyd12-Jan-2008 01:04
Thanks Beverly for your mention of the laundry and Mary Kaye's dress store. I had forgotten them. Don
Beverly (Dorcas) Roberson 11-Jan-2008 20:23
Of course this was the place to be...ha ha my mom ran the laundry right behind this shop and we would also sneak out the back door to the Bowling Alley...of course there was the darling "Mary Kaye's" Dress shop at the end of the sidewalk.