Little Em 3 creators cook up San Antonio concepts

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.

The trio of new restaurants are located within blocks of each other, off the Broadway lane and near The Pearl. In addition to sharing the same San Antonio patch, the new restaurants are all inspired by the couple’s travels through global culinary cities, choosing an array of foods and a sense of good hospitality.


Houston Carpenter adds, “I can’t stress enough that we’re doing a concept when there’s a gap in the market, when there’s a need.” “We feel that all three are essential.”

Besides being business owners, the couple recently welcomed their first child. Houston Carpenter says having a team that he and his wife can depend on and build with is the cornerstone of their success.

“Just like in any other business, you really need a strong team and we’ve invested in that team, and if you try to get in the way and don’t pay your team accordingly, you’re going to fail,” adds Houston Carpenter. “This is huge for us, we are investing in our team.”

With carpenters growing rapidly in San Antonio, keeping track of their projects can be a whirlwind. We get caught below.

Go Fish Market will sell a range of seafood in a boutique-style setting which will also include a café with wine and beer.

Courtesy, Carpenter Carpenter Hospitality

Go Fish Market – 125 W Grayson Street

The boutique fish market, which includes a café, is scheduled to open in November.

“Ideally, you could come in and order fish and chips, have a glass of wine, and take a nice piece of tuna home to cook for dinner that night,” says Houston Carpenter. “That goes for lobster during the season and oysters and shrimp – pretty much whatever you can get at the fish market, you’ll be able to get at our place.”

Like Little Em’s, Go Fish Market will be designed indoors at Carpenter Carpenter Hospitality. Houston Carpenter says it would be a bit as pastel as the lovely oyster bar he and his wife built out of an abandoned building on Alamo Street. While Little Em is known for its easy-on-the-eyes pink and white palette, Go Fish Market will have a bit more mint aesthetically pleasing.

Claudine Restaurant is an ode to Houston Carpenter's grandmother.  Southern-style cooking and hospitality will be welcomed at Government Hill in the fall.

Claudine Restaurant is an ode to Houston Carpenter’s grandmother. Southern-style cooking and hospitality will be welcomed at Government Hill in the fall.

Courtesy, Carpenter Carpenter Hospitality

Claudine Restaurant – 517E Grayson Street

The couple has been repairing a home in Government Hill since February. Named after Houston’s grandmother Carpenter, the restaurant will be big on Southern cooking and hospitality. Houston Carpenter says he and his wife fine-tune the menu.

Claudine Restaurant is an ode to Houston Carpenter's grandmother.  Southern-style cooking and hospitality will be welcomed at Government Hill in the fall.

Claudine Restaurant is an ode to Houston Carpenter’s grandmother. Southern-style cooking and hospitality will be welcomed at Government Hill in the fall.

Courtesy, Carpenter Carpenter Hospitality

“We’re still our go-to for the new French-South American menu,” he adds.

The restaurant will be designed by Crystal Sinclair, who has received international acclaim for her work on Up Scale. Carpenters aim to open October.

Nineteen Hyaku is the latest restaurant announced by the Carpenters.  It is set to open July 2023 at the Jefferson Bank Tower.

Nineteen Hyaku is the latest restaurant announced by the Carpenters. It is set to open July 2023 at the Jefferson Bank Tower.

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Nineteen Hyako – 1900 Broadway

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