Sriracha Factory Can Stay Open, Judge Rules

Overruled! Photo: Courtesy of Amazon

That’s right, the hot-sauce factory stays in the picture, even though neighbors have been complaining about a persistent burning sensation in the air around Huy Fong’s 650,000-square-foot factory. “If it doesn’t smell, we can’t sell,” Sriracha-sauce creator David Tran apparently said before the ruling. That’s right: The guy who built a hot-sauce empire from scratch got up in front of a judge in Los Angeles County Superior Court, channeled his best Johnnie Cochran, and said, “If it doesn’t smell, we can’t sell,” before adding, “If the city shuts us down, the price of Sriracha will jump a lot.” Now, everybody can get back to making sexy Sriracha costumes. [Buzzfeed, Earlier, Earlier]