By Mike DeNardo

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – It’s a new day for vegans in West Philadelphia, with the grand opening of a…donut shop.

Dottie’s Donuts has developed a cult following. The vegan donuts have been found at area cafes over the last year and a half.

Now, Dottie’s is opening its own shop next to its commercial bakery at 4529 Springfield Avenue.

Co-owner Jeff Poleon says a vegan donut tastes a lot like a regular donut:

“We use coconut milk at this point. And other than that, we use an egg replacer that’s based on corn starch and tapioca starch.”

Dottie's Donuts opens Friday in West Philadelphia. (Credit: Mike DeNardo)

Dottie’s Donuts opens Friday in West Philadelphia. (Credit: Mike DeNardo)

 

He says Dottie’s serves a daily variety of flavors:

“Raspberry lemon, we’ve got a powdered sugar, we’ve got a classic vanilla bean glaze, cinnamon sugar, coconut milk chocolate, lemon poppy, Earl Grey, milk chocolate with roasted cacao. The green one is matcha pistachio.”

Poleon says a former boss convinced him and partner Matt Quinn that Philadelphia needed vegan donuts. He says now, their goal of opening their own shop is a reality.

The grand opening is today.