After nearly a year-long shutter and makeover, The Upholstery Store (henceforth to be known officially as the Upholstery Store: Food and Wine, we're told) will finally reopen tomorrow night. The newly revamped wine bar from the Wallse team is airier than its predecessor, and while it still looks like Austria, this is today's Austria, not grandma's. There's a large bar, small tables and a sofa by the window, and larger seating options as guests move back into the space. The design is simple and clean with exposed brick and lots of blue throughout.
Michelin-starred chef Kurt Gutenbrunner's small plates menu hops around from oysters topped with passion fruit and seaweed to lobster rolls, and venison served with wild mushrooms and blackberries. To drink, there is a lengthy wine list from partner Leo Schneemann and cocktails like "Separation Anxiety" (rum, cream, muddled raisins, and agave) and "By the Yard" (vodka, beets, and horseradish).