It’s been less than a year since Emily and Houston Carpenter opened Up Scale. When the hotspot restaurant opened in October, the couple’s concept was in its second year. Months later, the carpenters had three works in development.
Emily Carpenter previously told MySA that she and her husband had no plans to become a restaurateur when they plunged into the culinary world by opening Little Em’s, now a popular oyster bar, in Southtown. In less than two years, Carpenters have established themselves in the dining scene, and have formed Carpenter’s Carpenter Hospitality. By July 2023, the couple will own a total of five restaurants, including Go Fish Market, Claudine’s Restaurant, and Nineteen Hyaku.