Hot Sauce Werks, a specialty retail store which sells 350 to 400 hot sauces and other food-related items, is set to open in late summer 2022 in the River & Rails Building in downtown Cape Girardeau, according to Chris Cole, commercial broker with Lorimont Commercial real estate who handled the lease transaction.

Robert Palleja, owner of Hot Sauce Werks, also has a location in downtown St. Charles, Missouri, which has been open since 2020.  Palleja also has an olive oil store in St. Charles.  The store will also feature a light food menu, with chili and other items customer can test hot sauces on.