Openings: Mae Krua Thai, Big Change at Liberty Café, Anar

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The newly opened Anar. Yelp photo by Helia M.

The ~331 CORTLAND MARKETPLACE~ is getting a new Thai kiosk, Bernalwood reports. It’s called ~MAE KRUA~ and is a labor of love from Anucha Kongthavorn, who grew up in Thailand and learned to cook from his grandmother. Bernalwood has a lot of background on Kongthavorn, as well as a menu. He’ll be serving home-style snacks, like rice balls stuffed with cheese and served with salad, or a coconut bean soup. 331 Cortland Ave. at Bennington, 415-574-7334.

More news on Bernal Hill: looks like ~THE LIBERTY CAFÉ~ has closed after a change in ownership and chef. Owner Vega Freeman-Brady will remain, but is introducing a new concept focused on beer and burgers, according to Scoop. After closing up last Sunday, it will be reopening this Thursday June 19th, with a new name, menu, and concept. 410 Cortland Ave. at Bennington, 415-695-8777.

The former Mochica space in SoMa is now open as ~ANAR RESTAURANT~, a Persian restaurant. Early Yelp reports are positive, with shout-outs for the quality of the meats and friendliness of the staff. The rice pudding also earns high marks. 937A Harrison St. at 5th St., 415-543-2627.