Steve and Nan Klein have unchained their restaurant. In March last year, they opened a franchise of Virgola, a New York-based bar that serves its own brand of wine, along with oysters and charcuterie. While Virgola was popular at its Biltmore Village location, the franchisees, who are both locals, explained a big part of the Asheville brand is an independent spirit, and they were missing out. They wanted to be able to be more creative with the menu, to offer more selections, to have more fun in the kitchen, and to support local businesses growing fresh produce. They have applied for a full liquor license to expand the bar to serve locally-distilled beverages. The Kleins wanted the flexibility not only to push the envelope and define local preferences, but to adapt and change with them. After a short run, the Kleins got permission from Virgola to unchain and open The Wine & Oyster. With their newfound freedom, they will also be able to host weekly live music, a daily happy hour, and fundraisers for local charities. They are remaining in the same space, with only minor alterations to the interior. On Valentine’s Day, they hosted a rebranding bash so more than their local following could find out what had happened.