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Coya Celebrates Peruvian Independence Day Tonight in Brickell

July is the month for Independence days – first the U.S., then France, and now Peru – each of which gives the 305 yet another excuse to party. This year, new-kid-on-the-block Coya wants to help Miami celebrate right along with Lima for that latter holiday. The Brickell hotspot has a slew of plans with a lineup of special offerings and Peruvian influence.

"This night really is important to us because we are an authentic Peruvian restaurant, and we want to showcase our heritage," marketing and events manager Maria Frogner says. "We are very passionate about our history and Peruvian influences."

For anyone not familiar with the significance of July 28 in Peru, here's a quick history lesson. Independence was first declared in 1821 by Argentine General Jose de San Martin, but total independence was gained in 1824. Now 191 years later, Peruvians across Miami will rejoice for an evening of celebration, with Coya leading the pack.

Guests can expect live Peruvian music at the Pisco Bar while sipping on classic pisco sours all night long for $10. Bar manager Maria Pottage developed the program and explains the night will truly be about national pride. "It's really a reason for people here to celebrate another's culture," Pottage says. "We want it to be fun for everyone regardless of nationality."

Coya will feature three favorite dishes: the lubina classico with mediterranean sea bass, red onions, sweet potato, and white corn; oxheart anticuhcos with ox heart, aji rocoto, parsley; and causa tradicional with yukon gold potato, octopus, and josper peppers. Eaters can also indulge in alfajores, a traditional chocolate, cookie-like treat presented with each bill.

There's one condition, though: attendees are encouraged to wear the country's colors, red and white. "We're trying to make every part of this night special," Frogner says. "We want to create the party and bring the culture into Brickell."

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