What Happened To Pure Food and Wine and One Lucky Duck? Sarma Melngailis had it all at one point: an Ivy League degree, the most trustworthy workers, and a trendy vegan restaurant that made her a true industry trendsetter. As chronicled in ‘Bad Vegan: Fame. Fraud. Fugitives.,’ almost all of it vanished once she became associated with a man who promised to make her dreams come true, only to defraud her of her self-made money. So, if you’re interested in learning more about her two fantastic, then-unique businesses, as well as their present status, we’ve got all the information you need.
What Happened To Pure Food and Wine and One Lucky Duck?
What Happened To Pure Food and Wine and One Lucky Duck? Sarma Melngailis opened the first upmarket raw food restaurant in New York City, Pure Food and Wine, in 2004 with her then-boyfriend chef Matthew Kenney and investor Jeffrey Chodorow. According to the series, she first put all of her time and effort into making it a perfect success, and she was also good with money, which is why Matthew was fired when the pair split up. Sarma, on the other hand, was undeterred, and she continued to expand the restaurant while simultaneously launching One Lucky Duck, a mail-order snack company.
One of the most active and important factors in the restauranteur’s success and capacity to quickly grow One Lucky Duck’s operations was certainly her concern for her employees, merchants, and creditors. According to the Netflix original, things took a turn for the worst after she married Anthony Strangis (or Shane Fox), only to get dragged into his orbit of alleged avarice and machinations. Sarma began not just treating her coworkers differently, but she also began breaking promises, including wage pay schedules, causing a slew of problems.
In January 2015, the entire employees of Pure Food and Wine, as well as One Lucky Duck’s, walked out over a month’s worth of unpaid salaries, forcing the venues to close. Sarma worked hard to raise enough finances to assuage their fears as soon as she learnt about it, and she was able to reopen the enterprises within three months, but it all happened again in July. This time, however, the restauranteur was on the run with her husband, which meant that both One Lucky Duck and Pure Food and Wine were forced to close their doors permanently.
Owner of Pure Food and Wine and One Lucky Duck Now
The staff attempted to relaunch operations with worker-centric ownership, including a small group of long-term colleagues who’d returned after the first closure, but it didn’t work out. To put it into another way, there was nothing that could be done to salvage the forerunners of the vegan movement, thus everyone went their separate ways – something Sarma Melngailis now laments on her Instagram account. It appears that she still hopes to see the doors of Pure Food and Wine and One Lucky Duck reopen one day.