Dave Cossetta gets into another totally ridiculous parking lot ruckus

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Dave Cossetta (left)
In January, Dave Cossetta, owner of Cossetta's Italian restaurant in St. Paul near the Xcel Energy Center -- also known as this guy's favorite lasagna place -- got served a knuckle sandwich after he confronted someone about parking in the restaurant's lot without paying.

But that's nothing compared to the parking lot ridiculousness Dave got himself involved in around 1:30 in the afternoon last Thursday.

The Pioneer Press's Mara Gottfried explains in this Onion-worthy passage:
A dispute over a man speeding through the Cossetta's parking lot ended with the restaurant's owner throwing a pudding cup, which landed on the driver, the driver told police.

But Dave Cossetta said he did not throw the food, which he said was oatmeal with banana and not banana pudding, as described in a police report.

"I was leaning in his car (to talk to him), and he took off racing and it was either drop the bowl or get my arm ripped off," Cossetta said Tuesday. "That was pretty much it."
Police were called to the scene. According to their report, Cossetta, 57, told them the offending driver -- 27-year-old Inder Bhatia, CEO of the neighboring Nevermind Gallery -- has a penchant for driving too fast through the lot.

"David said he was concerned about the reckless driving by Inder because of the danger it poses to his employees and customers," the report says, adding that Cossetta acknowledged "he lost his temper and threw the pudding at Inder's car."

Apparently recognizing he crossed a line, Cossetta told cops he "was wrong and offered to pay to clean Inder's car and clothes."

But his account had changed by the time the PiPress called him yesterday, as evidenced by the quoted passage from Gottfried's report.

In any event, police decided not to press charges against either man, concluding that doing so wouldn't "help resolve the matter in the long term or serve the public interest," the police report says.

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Doan Khan Tony
Doan Khan Tony

Thanks for pointing out that he was pictured on the left.

menocare
menocare

Cossetta is a flaming a-hole that needs anger management classes.  What is wrong with the guy? I know - he is a bully.     Parking?  Speeding?  Call the police.  Dave Cossetta is a punk.  He will get more than knocked out some day. 

marevitals
marevitals

I want to know what kind of pudding!!!!!!!!!!!!

Skamin
Skamin

If he is concerned about safe flow of traffic maybe he shouldn't have a valet service that backs up the right lane of W. 7th Street for a block

Roxy McCann
Roxy McCann

Kind of make me like Cossetta's Italian Market & Pizzeria even more - as if that was possible - YUM

MNjoe
MNjoe topcommenter

If I were Dave, I'd have a tow truck driver with a boot ready-to-go and next time A-hole comes into the lot, boot him or tow him immediately.

Tom Fru
Tom Fru

Good for you, David!

Eric Shawn Smith
Eric Shawn Smith

Dave is Eyetalian. Adopted into this goldmine. Glad he isn't cooking the food.

poop
poop

no wonder he got punched

David Gustafson
David Gustafson

So, not knowing that "Seinfeld" is no longer on the air, he continues to behave in ways that will inspire the writers of that classic comedy to base a character upon him. "No oatmeal for you!"

HyperboleJoe
HyperboleJoe

@menocare I think you could probably also use some anger management considering how irrationally angry you are at this guy.

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