We hear from a reliable source that the owners of Bua, Wilfie & Nell, and Sweet Afton may soon sign a lease at the shuttered Sala space. Owner Mark Gibson doesn’t deny that he’s looked at the space (along with others) but says “there’s not really anything to confirm” at this point, and the owner of the building, Ben Braka, says that as far as he knows, Sala is still merely closed for renovations. Gibson says that the only new project that the Wilfie & Nell team (specifically his brother Simon) have in the works is the reopening of Brooklyn Star, planned for the end of the month (Simon will be partnering with Joaquin Baca and running the bar). But our intel indicates that the Gibsons have more than a passing interest in the corner of Bowery and East 3rd Street. We’ll wait to see how this plays out (again, no lease has been signed), but being fans of Wilfie & Nell and Sweet Afton in particular, we’re hoping it works in their favor.