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Big Changes at Cosetta's

Cosetta’s is undergoing a $10 million dollar renovation. Some of the new things to look forward to are a pastry kitchen, fresh baked focaccia and bread, a rosticceria for roasted meats, espresso bar and a wine shop. Very ambitious, but exciting if they can pull it off. I’d love to see more Italian pastries in Minnesota- something on par with the wonderful pastries at the Modern or Mike’s in Boston, like a good classic cannoli, la sfogliatella and boconnotto.

http://www.startribune.com/local/stpa...

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  1. sounds like they might be overestimating both their appeal and ability.

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    1. re: zfwp

      I agree. I never did see the appeal there. It would great if they raise their culinary standards during this change - we'll have to wait and see!

    2. If it ain't broke, don't fix it. I love Cossetta's just the way it is. This scares me!

      1. While spendy, its a smart move. The place is hammered on Xcel event nights (2-4/week) and steady throughout the week. Add the regional and metro rail systems that are being installed in St. Paul, the downtown area will see (a much needed) increase in local and visiting consumers. While W. 7th and Cosettas is a mile away from Union Depot, the W. 7th businesses will see an increase as well. Personally, I'm looking forward to an upgraded Cosettas.

        1. Add me to the 'not broke, don't fix it' category...or the "I'll believe it when I see it" category.

          How about a bigger/more user friendly parking lot?

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          1. re: BigE

            No kidding about the parking. The article makes it sound like the expansion will eat up the parking on the west side of the building. The owner says something about having plenty of parking space in an adjacent lot. I beg to differ.

            I'd like to see them start using real dishes instead of plastic for dining in.

            1. re: ShinyCake

              I was assuming (never smart) they were going expand into the smaller south lot where their main parking is currently and use the large west lot for future parking.

              As I see it, It's the only viable option (full corner exposure, parking, etc). If they expanded west they would have issues with the alley that runs between the current main lot and the apartment building across the alley.

              1. re: NugarifiK

                "The current building would be remodeled and additional space would be built on the Cossetta parking lot on the corner of W. 7th Street and Chestnut."

                We were thinking of the same parking lot, but I got my directions confused because that city block is on a diagonal. That corner IS south. Sorry about that!

          2. Love their fresh italian sausage. Little expensive, but totally worth it.

            And they have the best looking girls working the counter. Added bonus. For me, at least.