Former Texas A&M student and NFL player Floyd Raven has returned to Texas A&M—this time as a coffee magnate. Raven’s company, Last Shot Xpresso, opened at the new Doug Pitcock ’49 Texas A&M Hotel and Conference Center. Raven, a business graduate, launched his coffee company in 2017. Last Shot Xpresso offers rich and unique coffee blends with athletically inspired names. Its blends are available in every bar and restaurant in the hotel and conference center, as well as through the conference center’s catering.
Baldamar’s location—next to the Von Maur at Rosedale Center—might give the wrong first impression. The hip, fine dining restaurant is a fresh concept for the area, one that could easily fit into a more foodie-centric area. Randy Stanley, owner of 6Smith in Wayzata, calls Baldamar a legacy restaurant that just happens to be next a mall (he similarly describes 6Smith as a restaurant that happens to have a lake attached). “I’ve always liked this part of the Twin Cities,” says Stanley. “I love the thriving, local community.