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Section D r- CLASSIFIEDS PUBLIC NOTICES SERVICE DIRECTORY HaysFreePress.com May29,2013 ,~,.,,,~ BY MOSES LEOS III moses@haysfreepress.com "any businesses have come and gone in the building at .the corner of Peach and Main streets in Buda. The original grocery store transitioned to a hamburger hangout and finally a bar and grill. But Buda citizens have always loved the iconic building, no matter what business was run from inside the structure. In June, a familiar moniker - to some residents, anyway - will grace the landmark. James Rios, who owns Centerfield Bar and Grill in Kyle, is set to open a new restaurant in the building once known as the E.J. Cleveland General Store. The name of the new restaurant: Cleveland's. For Rios, naming the restaurant was simple. He and his group wanted to pay homage to the man who origi- nated one of Buda's iconic landmarks. While renovations have been made, Rios said he does not want to impact the rustic feel of Main Street. "I don't want to change downtown Buda," Rios said. "I just want to restore (the building)." Rios and an investment group be- gan restoring in April, when they took over the Buda Grocery and Grill. Inside, Rios and his team renovated the hardwood flooring, as well as the ceiling tiles. Exterior changes gave the facade a friendlier look. The goal was to create a flesh look to the building, without changing its identity. "We have really gone all out to re- store this building," Rios said. "Every- thing we used to restore it is new, but it doesn't look new." According to Rios, the restoration process was smooth, "easy," even, de- spite some rough patches with city of- ficials along the way. "(The process) hasn't always been easy. Some aspects were simple, but some were overcomplicated," Rios said. "Some people are open to change, some are not. We had to find a happy medium of what was going to work." Inside the restaurant will be the biggest change of all. Rios brings with him a concept of two different restau- rants, and two different styles that ca- PHOTO BY MOSES LEOS III James Rios, who owns Center Field Bar and Grill in Kyle, has spent the past two months remodeling the Buda Grocery location at the corner of Peach and Main Street in Buda. Rios plans to pay homage to the original owner of the building by naming his new Cajun, steak and seafood restaurant Cleveland's, in honor of E.J. Cleveland. terto every taste, a steak and seafood option. Prices Cleveland's will offer two different on the menu will range from $8.99 to menus to patrons. One side will fea- $16.99. ture an authentic Cajun food experi- Rios will also give patrons two dif- ence including Jambalaya, the other ferent restaurant experiences. One side will have a full service bar, com- plete with 22 stools. Cleveland's will also offer a private dining experience, along with a 1,000-square foot patio with a full bar. Rios wants to bring a restaurant an- gle that differs from familiar chains. "We want to have a customer friendly set up, to bring people to Buda," Rios said. He wants the atmosphere to "show what Buda is all about." Lining the walls of Cleveland's will be historic photos of the city, as well as the building itself. "I want to show how far we've come since 1913," Rios said. Cleveland's soft opening was origi- nally scheduled for May 26. However, Rios said the recent tornadoes in Okla- homa have delayed item shipments from arriving. In addition, he wishes to ensure his staff is fully trained when opening day arrives. "We do not want to have our grand opening, then work out the kinks," Rios said. "Especially when we have 30 items on our menu made from scratch." Rios hopes to have the Cleveland's soft opening on June 1, with the Grand Opening on June 8. BY ANDY SEVILLA andy@haysfreepress.com San Marcos is the fastest-growing large city among all U.S. cities and towns with at least 50.000 people; and Kyle and Buda, too. took in big popu- lation jumps, according to the latest data released by the U.S. Census Bu- reau. Population estimates released May 23 show that San Marcos grew at a 4.91 percent rate from July 2011 to July 2012. surpassing the percentage growth of any other large American city and spiking its population to a whopping 50,001 residents. "l certainly think it's exciting, but it's not a major surprise." San Marcos Mayor Daniel Guerrero said. "I think when you look at our growth trends over the last ten years, everything was moving in that direction." San Marcos' newly estimated popu- lation outpaced the 50.000-threshold needed to be included in the bureau's fastest growing cities list. Kyle, whose population was esti- mated at 29,289 residents in 2011, grew at a 5.42 percent rate from 2011 to 2012, to 30,875 people, according to the data. "I'm pleased, but not surprised," Kyle Mayor Lucy Johnson said. "We have been estimating Kyle's popula- tion at a little over 30,000 for a while now, just based on our receipts, our utility bills, and our water connec- tions; and I think everyone in the Central Texas area felt that the (U.S. Census Bureau) 2010 numbers were a bit of an undercount." The bureau identified Kyle's popu- lation at 28,016 in 2010. "Kyle is a fast-growing area - along with all the other cities along the 1-35 corridor between Austin and San An- tonio - so it's not surprising to see a large uptick in numbers from the Census department," Johnson said. Buda 2010 2011 2012 Kyle 28,016 29,289 30,875 San Marcos 44,894 47,662 50,001 Buda 7,295 8,671 9,381 San Marcos Kyle 0 10,000 20,000 30,000 40,000 50,000 60,000 Buda saw the greatest percentage growth of the three 1-35 corridor cities in San Marcos, increasing its popula- tion by 8.19 percent. Buda's estimated 2012 population is 9,381 residents, up from its estimated 2011 population of 8,671 people, the data showed. "I'm not surprised," Buda Mayor Todd Ruge said. "We knew growth was coming to our area. CAMPO (Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organiza- tion) has calculated that over the past two years Buda is the fastest growing community in the area." "Growing this fast has both advan- tages and disadvantages," Ruge said. "On the positive side it builds and expands our tax base. On the nega- tive side, it means more strain on our roads and infrastructure. Responsible growth is the key to maintaining our 2012 2011 2010 Texas Utah Texas Texas Tennessee small town feel." The federal government's data shows that San Marcos grew by 6.4 persons per da: in the latest report- ing period. Kyle grew by4t3 persons and Buda increased its daily popula- tion by almost two individuals. "We know that growth is coming, what that means for Buda is that we need to be more mindfifl of respon- sible growth," Ruge said about his city. "Buda is in a unique position, we are in a desirable location and have very low taxes. People and businesses want to come to Buda and we are in a position to pick and choose the types of housing and businesses that come here. The growth will require road im- provements, added and updated in- frastructure. The city has implement- ed a fee structure and impact fees so that new businesses and housing pay their way in. We have been very mind- ful about responsible growth, mean- ing we haven't brought in businesses at the expense of our citizens. Having said that, the goal is to bring in busi- nesses that pay livable wages so Buda becomes less of a commuter city and more of a city where people can live, work and play. Although the growth is coming, I am committed to retaining Buda's small town charm." Kyle and Buda have for years been called bedroom communities for the state's capital - Austin. The budding cities, now, are experiencing the ben- efits and challenges of the past de- cade's growth and the continued up- ticks in people. "Kyle remains a fast growing city," Johnson said. "If you do not plan for COURTESY U.S. CENSUS BC~,2AU growth, growth will happen anyway. We're excited to welcome new resi- dents into our city, but we also know that that means that we have plenty of more work to do. We want to make sure that we always are able to provide those new residents with quality in- frastructure, city services and safety." Eight Texas cities- San Marcos, Mid- land, Cedar Park, Georgetown, Conroe, McKinney, Frisco and Odessa - made the top 15 list of fastest growing large American cities. No other state had more than one city on that list. The Lone Star State also stood out in cities with the largest numeric in- crease. Texas had five - Houston, San Antonio, Austin, Dallas and Fort Worth - of the top 10 cities and towns that added the most people over the year, the data showed.