Who is Sarma Melngailis?

By: Abrar Khan

Sarma Melngailis, 49, is a former restaurateur who ran a high end raw vegan restaurant in New York City between 2004 and 2015.

She was born in Newton, Massachusetts, and held a business degree from the prestigious Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Pure Food and Wine and One Lucky Duck, both vegan raw food restaurants in New York City.

Both businesses closed in 2015 after staff walked out over unpaid wages. Melngailis was arrested for fraud in 2016 and convicted in 2017.