The celeb vegan restaurateur whose year on the run with investor funds was foiled by an ill-planned order of Domino’s Pizza appeared resigned to her fate Wednesday — as she was handcuffed in a Brooklyn courtroom and led back into the pens to begin her four-month stint at Rikers Island.
Sarma Melngailis swapped her typical bohemian-style garb for a gray V-neck T-shirt, sweats and sneakers as she arrived in court to surrender. The blond waif copped to charges of criminal tax fraud, grand larceny, and a scheme to defraud in May in exchange for the split six-month sentence.
During a brief proceeding Wednesday, Brooklyn Supreme Court Judge Danny Chun said she could expect to walk free Oct. 6. She will also have to cough up some $1.3 million to investors and employees she wronged.
The anxious restaurateur — who formerly ran the now-shuttered Pure Food and Wine in Gramercy Park — sat in the pews with a friend, nervously pursing and relaxing her lips as she waited for her case to be called.
As Chun ordered her remand, the 43-year-old hugged defense lawyer Jeffrey Lichtman before clumsily holding out her hands for the cuffs.
The rail-thin beauty has maintained that the Domino’s order was placed by her hefty hubby, Anthony Strangis — and that she remains a devout vegan.
Melngailis and Strangis were pinched in May 2016 after swiping $844,000 from investors, failing to pay $400,000 in sales tax, and bamboozling employees out of more than $40,000 in wages, authorities said.
Following her arrest in 2016, she told The Post she was wasting away while at Rikers because the kitchen ignored her dietary needs. She ate only peanut butter sandwiches, bananas, apples and fresh-sliced cucumber.
“Tomorrow (June 21st) I go away, most likely to Rikers, for a few months,” Melngailis wrote on her Facebook page Tuesday. “It also happens to be the Summer Solstice. ☀ The change of seasons and the longest day of the year — seems like the right day to be…