Joyous people were no doubt kissing one another with hot sauce–covered lips to celebrate the end of the months-long Sriracha war. The AP reports that the Irwindale City Council, which had previously declared the factory a public nuisance due to spicy and sometimes painful odors, voted on Wednesday to drop the nuisance complaint. Before the sides came to an amicable solution, the battle had gotten so heated that David Tran, the owner Huy Fong Foods, the company that makes everyone’s favorite spicy condiment, threatened to move production elsewhere. A political envoy even arrived from Texas to court Tran. But following a meeting with the council on Tuesday, Tran promised he would address residents’ complaints in exchange for a dismissal of the nuisance declaration. He has already installed new filters that he says he tested with pepper spray.
So now that stability has been returned to the Sriracha world, it’s time to find a bottle of the rooster and resume putting it on everything. Here are a few ideas.