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.

More info: ElArroyo.com | Instagram Twitter

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Dragonfruit'nrollerskates
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7 months ago

That's concerning

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averageperson
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7 months ago

true

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Katie Bell
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7 months 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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NavyDave
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7 months ago

Hopefully they don't drink Corona.

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🍿WhErE iS mY pOpCoRn🍿
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7 months ago

😂😂😂

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sbj
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7 months 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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Tee
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7 months ago

I rip mines off in the car.

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JessG
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7 months ago

LOL!!!

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3ke
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7 months 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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Yoseph Workeneh
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7 months ago

Same here

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Valerie G.
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7 months 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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7 months 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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Trying so hard thinking
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7 months ago

Don't leave home without photoshop filtrs?

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Katie Bell
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7 months ago (edited)

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

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M Mott
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7 months ago

Yes, yes I am.

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sbj
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7 months ago

That's my motto

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Yoseph Workeneh
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7 months ago

This guy has an actual sense of humor. XD

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WilvanderHeijden
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7 months 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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7 months ago

Lol

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Bettye McKee
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7 months ago

Hahaha

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Helen Haley
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7 months ago

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

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Raine Soo
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7 months ago

My sentiments exactly...

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Helen Haley
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7 months ago

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

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sbj
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7 months ago

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

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Yoseph Workeneh
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7 months ago

I CANT WAIT

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averageperson
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7 months ago

more terrible drivers than ever before

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LittleMissPanda
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7 months ago

I mean, if they have the thyme...

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Dragonfruit'nrollerskates
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7 months ago

As soon as quarantine started, my acne I've been struggling with for awhile went away. Then as soon as I saw people again, it came back. Thank you social anxiety sweat.

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BeazleBug
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7 months ago

This one is pretty spicy.

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Raine Soo
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7 months ago

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

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Katie Bell
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7 months ago

Took me waaaay too long to understand

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Tequila4Two
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7 months ago

Wow, was that this year?

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MysticalMan
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7 months ago

Instructions not included

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sbj
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7 months ago

Too late!

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Valerie G.
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7 months ago

Great, now I'm picturing all those little stupid squirrels dancing their little asses off.

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Raine Soo
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7 months ago

All hail the patriarch!

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Yoseph Workeneh
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7 months ago

I'm glad too

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MJ
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7 months ago

I give myself ½ star for trying...

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Katie Bell
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7 months ago

That's normal tho

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Raine Soo
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7 months ago

"Never the twain shall meet."

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Raine Soo
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7 months ago

Ha, ha, ha! Backyarda! Ha, ha, ha! Oh, Lord...

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Dave P
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7 months ago

Don't insult Oatmeal Rasin

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sbj
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7 months ago

I'm all for the PJ's

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Valerie G.
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7 months ago

was it like "Huntsman spider size"

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Scagsy
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7 months ago

lol

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