McIlhenny Company, the maker of Tabasco Sauce, is expanding and renovating the visitors center at its Avery Island headquarters. Also on tap, a restaurant serving authentic Cajun food and an expanded tour featuring a behind-the-scenes look at the process of making, bottling and distributing the spicy concoction.
A visitors center is set to open in late fall and the restaurant is set to open in late July, as the company celebrates nearly 150 years operating on Avery Island.
The centerpiece of the new addition will be a museum, featuring McIlhenny family artifacts, that is designed to explain the origins of the brand and highlight the company’s stewardship of the island and surrounding environment.
Visitors will be able to enjoy authentic Cajun cuisine in a new cafeteria-style restaurant, which will offer regional Louisiana favorites including crawfish étouffée, red beans and rice, crawfish corn maque choux, and boudin.
Current factory and Jungle Garden tours on Avery Island continue to be offered during construction.