By: Katie Fraser
The Twin Cities donut game is strong.
From Glam Doll Donuts to Bogart’s Doughnut Co. to Mojo Monkey, there are endless places, and flavors, to choose from.
Now, foodies can add one more to their list – Rebel Donut Bar.
Rebel Donut Bar, now officially open in Northeast Minneapolis, first started in 2016 in the home of Vince Traver and Kiah Gumeringer. Looking for a new challenge, Traver decided to turn his half-baked idea of owning a doughnut shop into a full baked reality.
The pair each took a role, Traver as the baker and Gumeringer as the marketer, and began creating their product. Inspired by breweries, Traver and Gumeringer knew they wanted guests to be able to try a variety of flavors. Like a flight of beer, they decided they would offer flights of doughnuts.
By offering mini donuts, Traver and Gumeringer could create more flavors and diners could enjoy a larger selection of their doughnuts.
Thanks to the Cottage Food Laws, which are laws that allow small food producers to use appliances in their homes to make and sell their product, Traver and Gumeringer began to bake and sell their doughnuts at local events.
They started small, offering their desserts at breweries and art shows. Then, thanks to word (and taste) of mouth, it soon grew to include weddings and other large scale events.
Finally, in April 2017, the pair decided it was time for a brick-and-mortar store.
They launched a Kickstarter campaign to earn the money they needed to open their location and in just five days they reached their goal.
Next, they began to scout for a location.
While it was clear there was a demand for their product, finding space proved to be a bit more difficult.
Soon, they landed a building that shared a kitchen with Cry Baby Craig’s hot sauce in Northeast Minneapolis.
Finally, all that was left to do was wait for the city of Minneapolis to approve all their paper work.
Two weeks ago, the store held an early launch party, and shortly after they opened to the public.
The store’s menu includes single mini doughnuts, flights of four minis and regular sized doughnuts. Gluten free options are available as well. However, Rebel does warn that the gluten free options may not be celiac friendly as they share a kitchen space with their neighbors.
Aside from delicious flavors, some of which include lemon poppy seed, chocolate chip cookie dough, caramel apple and strawberry granola, what sets Rebel Donut Bar apart is its delivery.
The mini is the perfect bite of dense cake, creamy frosting and sweet toppings. It’s just enough to indulge without feeling guilty.