Looks like there’s a taker for THE LIBERTY CAFÉ space in Bernal Heights: according to Inside Scoop, it’s Vega Freemanbrady of Vega Pizza (also on Cortland). And here’s some nice news: she wants to keep it the Liberty Café, but give it some serious attention and TLC. Scoop further reports that Freemanbrady plans to update the menu with local ingredients, and overhaul the service practices—and she doesn’t plan to go dark while doing it. Look for changes to come slowly but surely in coming months. 410 Cortland Ave. at Bennington, 415-695-8777.
Also on Cortland, SFoodie reports ~SANDBOX BAKERY~ is going to have a sister restaurant: owner Mutsumi Takehara is opening Eat at 903 in the next few months at 903 Cortland (the former Maggie Mudd location). Look for breakfast, lunch, and takeout dinners. 903 Cortland Ave. at Gates.
A tablehopper tipster sent this in: “ROCK CANDY SNACK SHOP, 521 Cortland, soft opening right now. Supercute! Funky bright tiny storefront. They sell all kinds of candy and bars (no rock candy yet tho).” Bernalwood shares more about the shop: “[it] will emphasize artisanal and organic candies made in the good ol’ USA.” 521 Cortland Ave. at Andover, 415-948-7497.
The Liberty Café exterior; Yelp photo by Anthony N.