Joe’s Bakery served up sweet memories

Posted on Jun 7, 2019 in Campus News and News

Joe's Bakery | Lawrence, KS

In honor of National Donut Day, celebrated on the first Friday of June each year, we’re taking a look back at one of the most beloved spots in Lawrence’s history: Joe’s Bakery.

Since 1952, Joe’s Bakery served the people of Lawrence with delicious sub sandwiches and fresh donuts, served up 24 hours a day except Sundays. The 24 hours were necessary, as a hot, fresh glazed donut from Joe’s was a staple of the KU student nightlife.

1980 brought the end of an era for the Lawrence classic, as Joe Smith, the owner of the store, hung up the apron for the last time May 16. The bakery would stay open with Joe’s son Ralph managing the store until October 2007.

Enjoy the sights and sounds of Joe Smith’s last late night before retirement, courtesy of KU History.



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