The hunger pains started for Beverly Taki, 66, and her husband, Louis Maione, 68, when a gas problem at their swanky Upper East Side apartment building rendered their double oven useless back in October 2010.”The couple, who shelled out $5,700 for monthly maintenance, claims nothing was done to ameliorate the problem,” the New York Post’s Kathianne Bonielo reports.
They’re now suing the co-op board and building owner Gumley Haft Realty in Manhattan Supreme Court, seeking nearly $30,000 in restitution to cover their dining expenses during 10-month period they spent stove-less.
“My wife is a fabulous cook,” Maione told the Post. “I’d come home and my wife would have a rib roast ready or any number of desserts she was testing.”
But without an oven, the couple was forced to cancel their frequent dinner parties and turn to pricey restaurant fare when their hot plate wouldn’t cut it.
Taki, a former cabaret singer, can be seen in this video featured on HGTV realty show “Selling New York,” recorded around the time she put the place up for sale in July 2011. They’ve since moved on to a $12,400/month abode near Central Park, according to the Post.
Watch as Taki tours her lush pad with the president of Gumley Haft Realty–the same company she’s now reportedly suing.