Haute New Opening: Buda Mill & Grain Co.
Located in historic downtown Buda, Dodi Ellis and her son, Saenger Ellis, repurposed old barns, silos and buildings into a unique gathering space for the community to savor good food and wine, shop locally and meet with friends.
Tell us about the history of this property. How long has the Mill & Grain been in your family?
Buda Mill & Grain has been part of Buda’s collective memory dating back to 1890’s when a committee of local Farmer’s Alliance members founded the first cotton gin in Buda. Taking care of a piece of Buda’s history was really important to my mother, Gay Dahlstrom, whose father, Cecil Ruby, purchased the Mill in 1963. She held onto the property until 2011 and was part of the revitalization until her passing in 2014. We continues Gay’s vision of protecting the past and re-interpreting what the Mill can offer the surrounding community by still being a place where locals come together.
You have been very intentional about the curation of this space. Tell us a bit about the boutique businesses that now call the Mill home.
We wanted to create a tenant mix that keeps people coming together in Buda – whether gathering with friends for cocktails or coffee at Nate’s, going to hot yoga classes, meeting up for a Saturday ride at Buda Bike Co.., finding the perfect outfit, having a special style session at Salon One 12, exploring art at Assemblage CCG or indulging in a tasty treat at Sweet Cakes – we hope BM&G will be a place where people will come and stay awhile!
Tell us about your vision for the future of the Mill & Grain.
We keep saying, we’re looking back and moving forward. The mill was traditionally zoned industrial and we’ve held onto the original footprint of the old barns, maintaining the industrial aesthetics of metal buildings, steel and concrete but now with a modern interpretation. BM&G has withstood the test of time. The current renovation will ensure that the property sustains it’s place in Buda’s history – a destination in historic downtown Buda, Texas with the intention of bringing the surrounding community together to savor good food and wine, shop locally and meet up with friends. Buda is such a great small town and it’s only getting better!