Nashville’s culinary scene and the people behind it have always been known for creativity, but 2020 revealed how much resilience and innovation is at the heart of the city’s food and beverage industry. New business models, menu overhauls and clever marketing are just a few of the ways that local restaurants and businesses managed to stay afloat during the pandemic, and now that the city has reopened, our local culinary stars are finding their footing again. Not only have they opened the doors to their own businesses, but they’re also getting back out there to the places they love. We caught up with five men who represent different aspects of Nashville’s food and drink scene — a restaurateur, a chef, a butcher, a brewer and a distiller — to find out their favorite spots in town, the challenges facing the industry and what’s next for them and their businesses.