By 2010, it had been quite a while since Buda Mill & Grain had had much attention and many of the buildings were run down. First thing we needed was to replace the roof since we'd been living with a leak in the old office for a while. We had only intended to replace the roof. But, after the roof, new siding was long due since most of the siding had deteriorated badly over the years.
One day in the summer of 2011, Dolores Diaz knocked on our old office's door, looking for a space with a small commercial kitchen so she could bake cakes. We knew just the space for her. My grandfather, Cecil Ruby, had used the lower space of the building as his office since 1963 when he purchased the mill and now it was no longer being used. Renovations to his office soon began to make room for a small commercial kitchen.
New windows that gave the space a feeling of openness offer a great view of Main Street. The new overhead trellis added to the feeling that you were entering the Mill property when you walked three blocks from historic downtown. Renovation of the space was finally complete when we removed the old scale and created an outdoor seating area for the bakery.
We thought Dolores would be a perfect tenant. Someone who could start capturing local attention to the mill. In January 2012, Dolores moved in and locals keep stopping by whether it's for carrot cake or tres leche!