Owner Of Derry Twp. Restaurant Killed In Crash

By Trina Orlando

DERRY TOWNSHIP (KDKA) — The owner of a popular Westmoreland County restaurant was killed in a car crash.

David Kadagishvili, 50, was driving on Route 217 north of Chestnut Ridge Road in Derry Township Wednesday afternoon when he crossed the center line in snowy conditions and was t-boned by another vehicle.

Kadagishvili was known to most in Westmoreland County as Chef Dato and owned the restaurant, Chef Dato’s Table in Derry Township.

“Chef Dato had a zest for life and he was one of those people that when he saw you, when he came into a room, you knew he was there and he made sure he made everybody feel good,” Mark Parker, president of Greensburg Rotary, said.

He was pronounced dead at Excela Health Latrobe Hospital. According to the Westmoreland County Coroner, Kadagishvili died of blunt force trauma of the chest and abdomen.

He leaves behind a wife and three young children.

“He’s going to be sorely missed – not only by me personally, but by the people that loved him in this area,” Westmoreland County Commissioner Chuck Anderson said.

  • Frances Titus

    My deepest sympathy goes out to Chef Dato’s wife, children, and family. He will be missed.

  • P McGrogan

    Our prayers go out to Chef Dato’s wife, and children. We just celebrated New Years at his resturant and as always enjoyed being there and visiting with the Chef.

  • Kelli Majiros

    We are shocked and saddened at this loss! We so enjoyed participating in Chef’s American Dream. Our thoughts and prayers are with him, Kara, and the kids.

  • Amy and Rob Rau

    We are heart broken for you, Kara. Our deepest sympathy along with our thoughts and prayers are sent to you and the family. He was a wonderful man and an amazing chef, but most of all he was a great guy, and will be missed more than he ever would have imagined. He touched everyone with his food and his heart.

  • Connie Caverno

    Chef Dato was a friend to our family. He hired our daughter, Kate, to work at the Tin Lizzy during the summer and on school breaks. I just saw him at the mall and exchanged holiday greetings. Our family will miss him. C. Caverno

  • B Rhodes

    This is a tough one to deal with. My wife and I were becoming regulars at his restaurant. He had such big plans and had done a tremendous job with his new place. No one was prouder to be an American citizen . He will be missed.

  • Nick Ker-Communications

    Dato was an incredible man who touched the hearts of everyone he met. His optimism, love of life and sincere belief in the American dream – land of opportunity has been an inspiration to many and will continue to be his legacy. Dato touched all of our lives in so many wonderful ways and is such an inspiration – to say that he will be missed would be a terrible understatement. During the last year I got to know Dato very well while shooting his web videos and working with the restaurant. Dato was not only a great chef, husband & father and member of the community but a truly great friend as well.

  • J Dorazio

    What a tragedy. Our prayers are with Kara and their 3 children. My family knew Chef Dato from his involvement in teaching Girl Scouts to cook and through the Cafe Hungry in Latrobe where he cooked for the homeless. The communities are at a loss.

  • Joy Troetschel

    Dato was a Real friend to all he met. He touched many lives and was thrilled to become an American citizen. My family had the privilege of knowing him and his family. The world lost a giant ray of sunshine and happiness.

  • T. Evangelista

    My deepest sympathies to Kara, Jacob, Luca and Eva. Many tears will be shed at the loss of such great man. My heart goes out to you four for your loss.

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