Beloved Plant City gem, Hole in One Donuts, reopens after the passing of owner Rom Kim

Exterior of a restaurant with a large red donuts sign over the front door.
Outside Hole In One Donuts in Plant City

Hole in One Donuts has brought so much joy to the greater Tampa area. It’s regarded as one of the top donut hubs in the entire state of Florida, and a line out the door isn’t uncommon. On March 24, the Kim family announced that Hole In One’s owner, Rom Kim, had passed away.

“It is with great sadness that we announce that our owner, Rom, has passed away due to a heart attack. He was a beloved friend, brother, husband, father and an amazing grandfather,” wrote Rickey Kim on the Hole In One Donut’s GoFundMe page. The family closed the shop with no definitive plan to reopen.


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On April 18, the family posted a message of gratitude on Facebook, and announced the donut hub would reopen the morning of Thursday, April 20. Service will begin promptly at 5am.

“Good morning, we would love to thank everyone for respecting our privacy during this difficult time for our family. We would also like to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for the kind messages and donations. We really appreciate it all and it truly means a lot to us,” wrote the Hole in One Donuts team.


Hole in One Donuts is located at 1707 James L Redman Parkway.

A man stands in front of a colorful mural inside of a donut shop.
Hole in One Donuts owner Rom Kim stands in front of a mural by local artist Jujmo

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