The Sriracha factory in Irwindale, CA is now offering mini bus tours of their facilities. The tours use two 14-seat golf carts meant to give tourists a more comfortable ride during their visit. The two carts are named Hot 1 and Hot 2 and are painted bright red to match the chili sauce.
In preparation for an influx of visitors, the factory will now include The Rooster Room, which will be filled with merchandise baring the Sriracha rooster. Huy Fong, the company that makes Sriracha, does not make the merchandise itself, but The Rooster Room is going to sell T-shirts, bags, hats, socks, and even underwear.
The Sriracha factory is a popular tourist destination and visitors include a Texas state representative and state senator, a San Fernando Valley Congressman, and Irwindale’s mayor. Tourists from as far away as Thailand and Japan also come to visit the factory, as well as locals.
Sriracha almost faced extinction last year when it was revealed that the odor coming from the factory was causing health issues for the inhabitants of Irwindale. The smell was said to have caused headaches and burning eyes and throats. A judge, however, shut down the city’s attempt to shut the factory down, and the company has since been cooperating with the city to reduce the odor from their factory.