Marian Levine, the owner and operator of the famed Carnegie Deli, claims that her husband of 22 years had a long affair with a waitress that involved sharing secret recipes from the delicatessen. Last month, news broke that Levine was suing her husband Sandy because he was having an affair with the upstairs tenant, and giving her a deal on the rent. Now the Post reports that the tenant was actually a waitress at the restaurant named Penkae Sirichareon. Marian Levine suspects that her husband used their money to help Sirichareon buy a house in Astoria, and start her own restaurant called Leng Thai. Levine also claims that Siricharoen was kept on the payroll long after she quit.
According to Marian Levine's account, Sandy gave Sirichareon and her family a tour of Carnegie's New Jersey kitchen, where the company makes its pastrami and cheesecakes. A short time after this tour, some of Sirichareon's relatives allegedly opened a restaurant in Bangkok called Carnegie Deli Thailand, which had a similar menu. According to the Post's report, Levine was also tipped off to the fact that some of the inventory from her restaurant was being shipped to Thailand. Marian Levine separated from her husband and now she's running the delicatessen by herself. She already filed one lawsuit against Sandy, and it sounds like another one is on the way.
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