Donut Cooperative finally open for business

The Donut Cooperative is a reality after a year of anticipation.
The Donut Cooperative is a reality after a year of anticipation.

The Donut Cooperative is open for business in Seward. The co-op has been on local foodies' minds since August 2010, when the group created a Kickstarter page to raise $10,000 toward startup costs. They raised over $12,000--but failed to meet their scheduled opening date last fall. A year later, they're finally up and selling doughnuts to the public.

Vegan Bismarck with rogue chocolate glaze
Vegan Bismarck with rogue chocolate glaze

The co-op is at 2929 25th Street East in the Seward neighborhood of south Minneapolis, where the Cake Eater Bakery used to be. It staged a soft opening on Friday and opened for its first full day of customers on Saturday.

It will be open Tuesday through Sunday, from 6:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

The Donut Cooperative announced in early October that the business was almost ready and gained around 300 new fans on Facebook.

"I thought everybody had kind of written us off because it was taking so long, but the response has been overwhelming," Dawn Otwell, co-founder of the project, told City Pages at the time. "Everyone's been really excited."

Black bourbon vanilla / Red hot
Black bourbon vanilla / Red hot

The eatery will be serving doughnuts, including vegan delights, in all flavors, from pumpkin butter-filled to chocolate and vanilla.

"We'll always have the classics, too," Otwell said.

Reached for comment this morning, Otwell said the coop's opening weekend was "insane."

"We were completely sold out of everything," Otwell said. "Our cookies, scones--the response was overwhelming from the community. We saw a lot of the same people all three days. That was a really good feeling."

Donut Cooperative
2929 E. 25th St Minneapolis

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