A restaurant in Texas has made itself a household name by putting up hilarious signs again and again, day after day, year after year. The Austin-based establishment named El Arroyo has had its sign board since its opening in 1975, and 45 years later, it’s still out there cracking everyone up.

Paige Winstanley, co-owner of the restaurant, says about their signs: “In these times when much is unknown, El Arroyo finds comfort in bringing smiles and laughter to our community on a daily basis.” With 284K Instagram followers, the restaurant is surely doing everyone who’s rolling through 2020 one heck of a service.

So let’s take a look at the new favorites down below, and after you’re done, check out part 1 and part 2. If you suddenly feel inspired, hit them up with a smashing sign idea via sign@elarroyo.com and you may well become a part of El Arroyo’s humorous legacy.

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Raine Soo
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1 month ago

Thank you, thank you, thank you for the laugh out loud!

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Raine Soo
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1 month ago

Yes, a big thank you to all essential workers!

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Katie Bell
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1 month ago

OMG THE MOST FRICKING TRU THING EVER

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Imagine putting up one fresh sign every day for the past forty years or so. It’s no surprise that with such a sea of witty puns and smashing one-liners, some are just bound to anger people.

That’s precisely what happened back in 2005 when one of El Arroyo’s signs revealed a plot twist in the movie Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. But the employees of the restaurant aren’t afraid to fire up some controversy with their quips like “NFL Slogan: Why have integrity when you can have ratings?”

Austin Monthly magazine has also suggested that their sometimes bold remarks were the reason why someone tried to burn the restaurant down in 1998.

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Sue Hazlewood
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1 month ago

Couldn't be any worse than the hell you have now surely

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Tee
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1 month ago

2020 Avoid everyone

Ben Steinberg
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1 month ago

Wish we could just Avoid 2020...

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Rainbow Panda
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3 weeks ago

I’ve heard of this joke many times. Still funny. 😆

Patty Leaton
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3 weeks ago

avoid people in general

Mildred Thompson
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1 month ago

I like the "avoid everyone" answer.

Sue Fletcher
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1 month ago

Avoid people.

Irene Atencio
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1 month ago

So hilarious. Where's this restaurant again?

Daniel Callaway
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1 month ago

2021: Avoid PPL!!!

Johanne Trudeau
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1 month ago

Stay home!!!

Suly Toribio-Rodarte
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1 month ago

avoid kareens too

Catherine Brady
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1 month ago

Excellent!

Joyce Harvey
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1 month ago

The new normal

Miriam Brose
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1 month ago

Well...

John Montgomery
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1 month ago

The funny part for me is PPL is an abbreviation for paid personal leave where I work so that's what I first read it as. I was a bit confused until I realised it was referring to people.

🍿WhErE iS mY pOpCoRn🍿
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1 month ago

😂😂😂

Katie Bell
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1 month ago

The popcorn is at the restaurant on this post

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sbj
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1 month ago

This is my moment!

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Bored Panda reached out to Laura Schulte, brand partnerships and social media manager at El Arroyo, to find out more about their iconic sign.

Laura told us their marquee was “first put out by the street in front of the restaurant by our original owner over 25 years ago to promote restaurant specials and write funny quotes.”

Today, El Arroyo gets several submissions a day from people from all over the world who wish to get their witty one-liners heard. Laura said the staff picks what to put up in terms of “what makes us laugh and is most applicable to current events.”

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heidi holmes
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1 month ago

It is the closest a man will ever get to understanding that feeling from a woman's perspective!

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JessG
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1 month ago

LOL!!!

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3ke
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1 month ago

I think the Kaiju are avoiding the virus too.

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Throughout the years, El Arroyo’s signs have certainly blown up and attracted customers from all over the country and the world, said Laura. 

She also said that the most popular signs are usually the ones that are “relatable and funny to large groups of people.” “We've seen a lot of success with our signs about past elections, and current events such as commentary on the pandemic.”

In order for such a sign to go viral on social media (and many of them do!), Laura said it takes the right person to share it, like celebrity or a popular meme account, and it has to be genuinely funny.

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Audrey Penna
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1 month ago

That and the "Are you still watching?" And then I get annoyed cause I got to get the remote.

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Valerie G.
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1 month ago

Well, he did just do an audio of John Lewis' column that was printed on the day of the funeral, and he did a marvelous job of it for his dear friend.

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Felicity Lemon
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1 month ago

Lol

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According to El Arroyo’s official statement, “over the years, we've covered every food pun imaginable while never forgetting witty commentary on current events, but the face(s) behind the daily marquee messages remains a secret for now.”

Maybe not quite a big one, since these days, most sign puns are submitted by fans online and you can try your luck and wit too!

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Vic
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1 month ago

I still smile at ppl I know, like an idiot..

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Katie Bell
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1 month ago (edited)

This is deep if you go out and nobody is there are you in public at all?

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Raine Soo
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1 month ago

Well, I am certainly not complaining.

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Scagsy
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1 month ago

...is what rugs are for

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Yoseph Workeneh
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1 month ago

This guy has an actual sense of humor. XD

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WilvanderHeijden
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1 month ago

I think a lot of parents got to "enjoy" the results of their parenting and suddenly realized how underpaid teachers are...

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Berry Budgie
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1 month ago

Lol

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Nymphadora Tonks
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1 month ago

Lol

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Helen Haley
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1 month ago

There needs to be business pj's. For real. Lots of business pj's.

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Randomcthulu
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1 month ago

I don't mind making the food, it's the cleanup that I don't like

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Helen Haley
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1 month ago

That 'I'm so blessed' is about the most gag worthy thing ever.

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sbj
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1 month ago

More alcohol definitely, who needs clothes? we're not going anywhere soon

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Bettye McKee
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1 month ago

After all this, we're having a "birthdays all year" party.

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averageperson
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1 month ago

more terrible drivers than ever before

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LittleMissPanda
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1 month ago

I mean, if they have the thyme...

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Bettye McKee
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1 month ago

This is truly true.

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BeazleBug
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1 month ago

This one is pretty spicy.

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Raine Soo
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1 month ago

Oh, this is so true. People are morbidly curious, so we love to hear about an accident. Any accident.

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Ice cube
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1 month ago

Ba-dum-chhh

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Tequila4Two
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1 month ago

Wow, was that this year?

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Scagsy
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1 month ago

Just waiting for the 'I don't get it' comment. Bound to happen. Absolute certainty. lol

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sbj
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1 month ago

Too late!

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N G
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1 month ago

Found my new motto!

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Raine Soo
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1 month ago

All hail the patriarch!

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Yoseph Workeneh
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1 month ago

I'm glad too

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MJ
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1 month ago

I give myself ½ star for trying...

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chi-wei shen
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1 month ago

It's an aggressive approach to ensure social distancing.

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Raine Soo
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1 month ago

"Never the twain shall meet."

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WilvanderHeijden
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1 month ago

Let us know if it is as nice as Costa Del Gardena.

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Dave P
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1 month ago

Don't insult Oatmeal Rasin

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Bettye McKee
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1 month ago

Okay, this is a real dilemma.

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averageperson
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1 month ago

Studio C Spidey Senseless on Youtube, the video version of this, & it's clean

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Scagsy
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1 month ago

lol

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