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Puerto Rico Food Scene Thriving After String of Disasters

This combination of photos show chef Mario Pagán, who owns five restaurants in Puerto Rico, preparing a dish and drinks during The Food & Wine Classic in Aspen, Colo., on Sept. 11, 2021. (Hal Williams Photography via AP)
This combination of photos show chef Mario Pagán, who owns five restaurants in Puerto Rico, preparing a dish and drinks during The Food & Wine Classic in Aspen, Colo., on Sept. 11, 2021. (Hal Williams Photography via AP)

(AP) -- The Puerto Rican food scene had reached its peak. Young chefs were inventing delicious new creations, restaurants popped up all over the island, the industry was no longer reliant on tourist season.

Then a series of calamities hit: a hurricane, a series of earthquakes, a pandemic.