Matt About Town: Experience a happy hour like never before … with alpacas!

Alpaca happy hours bring a slice of Peru to evenings in the District

The secret to finding the best happy hour in D.C. has nothing to do with food and drinks at all.

In today’s episode of “Matt About Town,” WTOP’s Matt Kaufax went to the Union Market District in Northeast D.C. to enjoy a cocktail with some new furry friends.

It’s all thanks to DMV restaurant staple chain Peruvian Brothers, who have been bringing Peruvian cuisine flavors to the D.C. area for the past 11 years.

The restaurant’s co-owner, Giuseppe Lanzone, said they decided to integrate alpacas into happy hours at several of their locations this summer to share a slice of their culture alongside their food.

Lanzone, a Peruvian immigrant, started alongside his brother Mario with just one food truck in the D.C. area. Now, they have four food trucks and two brick-and-mortar locations. Guests at the Alpaca Happy Hour told Matt it’s a testament to how popular the chain has become in the community.

As Matt found out, Peruvian Brothers’ partnership with My Pet Alpaca attracts visitors from far and wide, and really rakes in the hay!

Come along with Matt to try some food, and meet two of the friendliest fuzz balls in the DMV: Teddy and Truffle!

Alpaca Happy Hours return Tuesday, June 18, at Peruvian Brothers’ La Cosecha location in D.C.’s Union Market area. Lanzone said they will also be back in July — so stay tuned for more dates.

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Matt Kaufax

If there's an off-the-beaten-path type of attraction, person, or phenomenon in the DC area that you think more people should know about, Matt is your guy. As the features reporter for WTOP, he's always on the hunt for stories that provide a unique local flavor—a slice of life if you will.

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