‘Little Wayla’ Thai Spot Finds its Way on Forsyth Street
The series of retail vacancies caused by the upscaling of 100 Forsyth Street is slowly returning to life.
As reported, Kodawari coffee shop took space previously occupied by C.W. Pencil Enterprise; Signs and Symbols Gallery moved into the old Deadly Dragon Sound record shop; and now Little Wayla is operating in the adjoining units of the former Football Cafe.
Little Wayla is an airy, fast-casual Thai lunch spot that opened on the block at the end of June. This place seems fairly DIY, with a traditional Thai market feel. There is little in the way of storefront signage to identify the business, and its menu is handwritten on dry-erase boards. The north store is for ordering, while the south store offers a small seating area.
Veracity Development purchased the pair of tenements at 100-102 Forsyth in January 2016 for a cool $16 million. Deadly Dragon Sound, a cult favorite, was the first domino to fall. Shortly thereafter, the luxury conversion began. As did building issues and purported hazardous conditions. Birds & Bubbles pulled the plug in April 2017, blaming excessive floods on construction negligence. Ownership later filed a $1.3 million lawsuit. The Football Cafe closed not too long after due to purported “building issues, hazardous conditions from construction, leaks, and power outages,” according to the proprietors. C.W. Pencil was last to leave, forced out by an alleged mold infestation, yet later found refuge on nearby Orchard Street.