Part 6: To-go orders increase at Five Agaves restaurant in Old Hickory

By: and - July 30, 2020 6:00 am
(Photo: John Partipilo for the Tennessee Lookout)

(Photo: John Partipilo for the Tennessee Lookout)

The COVID-19 pandemic has altered virtually every aspect of life and created a new normal for Nashville residents.

To capture the ways life has changed, award-winning photographer John Partipilo spent several weeks in the community and the result is an eight-part series of photos.

Five Agaves, a Mexican food restaurant in Old Hickory, has seen its business model overhauled by the pandemic, with a rise in to-go orders and diners eating outdoors.

The drive-through window has been especially popular as more customers choose to eat their food in the safety of their own home.

As with other restaurants, staff generally wear masks all the time and diners are required to do so other than when they’re seated and eating.

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Nate Rau
Nate Rau

Nate Rau has a granular knowledge of Nashville’s government and power brokers, having spent more than a decade with the Tennessean, navigating the ins and outs of government deals as an investigative reporter. During his career at The Tennessean and The City Paper, he covered the music industry and Metro government and won praise for hard-hitting series on concussions in youth sports and deaths at a Tennessee drug rehabilitation center. In a state of Titans and Vols fans, Nate is an unabashed Green Bay Packers and Chicago Cubs fan.

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John Partipilo
John Partipilo

Working as a photojournalist for 40 years, Partipilo has won awards such as NPPA Best of Photojournalism and nominated for two Pulitzers. His photography has also been featured in national and international publications. Most importantly Partipilo’s work is about people — people in their different environments and people in their different stages of life. That’s the heart of his work. To him people are so important, because they all have a unique story.

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