Mar 26, 2024 - Food and Drink

Southtown shake up closes Up Scale and expands Little Em's

Side-by-side images of two restaurants, Little Em's and Up Scale.

Up Scale's last day is approaching. Photos: Madalyn Mendoza/Axios

Southtown's swanky spots are in the middle of a shake-up, with Up Scale closing to make way for Little Em's Oyster Bar.

State of play: Houston and Emily Carpenter, the husband-wife duo of Carpenter Carpenter Hospitality, announced the news via Instagram on Tuesday.

  • Up Scale will close on April 6.
  • Little Em's will remain open at the original location before moving to the Up Scale building in the late fall.

Flashback: Little Em's, known for its perfectly pastel aesthetic and primarily patio dining, opened in December 2020.

  • Up Scale, as elegant as the name suggests, opened in October 2021. Since then it's hosted a range of celebrities including the Spurs' star draft pick, Victor Wembanyama.

What they're saying: The Up Scale employees will not lose jobs in the shuffle but will be offered roles at other restaurants in the Carpenter Carpenter portfolio of restaurants, the post says.

  • "Even with the best efforts and largest ambitions, not all things are meant to be, but one day if the city asks for it, we'll be ready," the owners said of the closure.

What's next: A diner will fill the space at the small Little Em's location.

  • The post hinted that the expanded oyster bar will have a large deck, Up Scale favorites like lobster pasta and the same prices and "approachability."
  • "Active wear in the dining room will live on," the owners wrote.
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