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Carnegie Deli Heiress and ‘Smoked Meat Shyster’ Shlep to Splitsville

The Carnegie Deli heiress and her “shyster of smoked meat” hubby have agreed to shlep to Splitsville.

It’s not exactly a kiss-and-make-up ending, but Carnegie Deli owner Marian Levine and estranged husband Sanford have reached a settlement that will keep their acrimonious divorce from heading to trial, the New York Daily News reports.

Financial terms of the settlement were not disclosed. The News reported that “the settlement covers both the divorce and a separate lawsuit in which Marian Levine accuses her estranged husband and his mistress, Penkae Siricharoen, of stealing from the Carnegie empire.”

The colorful breakup – Sanford Levine, Carnegie’s manager, was cheating with a waitress – is only the tip of a raft of marital problems as tall as one of the restaurant’s famed sandwiches..

The deli operated virtually without interruption since it opened in 1937. Marian Levine’s father bought it in 1976. The sandwich spot was shut down after authorities discovered an illegal gas line. It remains closed, though a spokesperson told the News the deli may reopen in September.

Then, as the Forward reported last month, a judge scolded Sanford Levine as the “shyster of smoked meat” for trying to get Marian jailed for refusing to pay alimony.

Sanford Levine’s not finished with court, though. He’s scheduled to take the stand this week to prove he wasn’t behind the gas-hookup snafu, according to the News.


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