It’s a difficult task for any business to stand out in the modern world where nearly every owner has access to social media and a lot of them are competing over a limited number of customers. Things looked especially grim for the restaurant industry during the start of the Covid-19 pandemic and the going’s still tough for many places.

However, when you’ve struck gold with your marketing campaign, as one restaurant in Texas has, you can’t help but continue doing what you’re doing. After all, you don’t want to drastically change what works—you only improve on an already successful formula.

Welcome to the El Arroyo restaurant in Austin, an establishment that has won over the locals and the internet with its quirky and witty signs out front. Time and time again, they’ve had us laughing far louder than we’d care to admit. Have a look at El Arroyo’s newest brilliant signs, upvote your faves, and be sure to share ‘em with your friends if they’re looking a tad blue. Hungry for some more Tex-Mex hilarity? Then you’ll want a bite of what Bored Panda has cooked up about the restaurant’s sign game before here and here.

More info: ElArroyo.com | Instagram | Facebook | Twitter

#1

I’m Having An Introverts Party And None Of Y’all Are Invited

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Mazer
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2 months ago

I predict this will be popular with many BP regulars

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#2

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Eirik JohnsbrÄten
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2 months ago

Famous last words: Boop the snoot!

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#3

Fax

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Carmen Sandiego
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2 months ago

*shudder*

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The El Arroyo restaurant has been delighting Texans with delicious food for nearly half a century. Founded way back in 1975, it has been “serving up Tex-Mex with a side of laughs” on their famous marquee sign ever since.

On its website, the restaurant boasts that it has covered “every food pun imaginable” over the years. El Arroyo doesn’t just rely on puns and quick laughs, however. It also uses its sign to dish out comments on current events (get ‘em while they’re hot!).

#4

Hot Take

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Auntriarch
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2 months ago

Yes!

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Auntriarch
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2 months ago

Someone has seen my cellulite

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#6

Happy Labor Day Folks

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Eagle Girl
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2 months ago

raise your hand if you wish you could do kindergarten again!

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The restaurant’s online presence has grown immensely recently. Back in April 2020, the last time Bored Panda wrote about El Arroyo’s wonderful signs, the establishment’s Instagram profile had 236k followers. A feat in itself! Things have only gotten better since then.

Throughout the pandemic, El Arroyo’s following has grown to a whopping 489k followers on IG, showing that humor really is a powerful force when it comes to getting fans. Who doesn’t love a good laugh when things seem so scary? The humorous signs help take our minds off things. Even if for a few minutes.

#7

Ok Forreal Who Taught Them To Act Like This

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Brian Brown
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2 months ago

LMAO! That's a good one

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#8

đŸ€š

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troufaki13
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2 months ago

Face mask and sunglasses

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#9

Read This In A Few Hours

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Georgia Hebert
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2 months ago

I feel this sometimes...

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El Arroyo is very friendly to its fans. For instance, the staff encourages customers and internet followers alike to submit their own sign suggestions. You can do this on the restaurant’s website. Or, if you prefer, you can email them directly at submissions@elarroyo.com. Honestly, I’d feel like I’ve won the lottery if any of my suggestions got picked by them. If you’ve got any food puns or witty comments about recent events, why not give it a shot and send them a submission?

#10

Not To Brag But My Delicious Points Count Per Day Is High

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troufaki13
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2 months ago

Calories are those little creatures that shrink your clothes in the night

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#11

Idk Her

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Vic
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2 months ago

"I must eat healthy" is a thought that appears when grocery shopping and disappears when cooking..

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#12

You Gotta Stay Ready!

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Jo Johannsen
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2 months ago

Right on! Pedal to the pillow!

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The couple behind El Arroyo are Ellis and Paige Winstanley who have owned and operated the Austin restaurant since 2012. They told ‘Austin Monthly’ that the famous sign “had a lot of issues” when they first arrived.

#13

And A Mild Sunburn

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Rose the Cook
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2 months ago

Some people have it every day.

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#14

📠

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Carmen Sandiego
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2 months ago

They def would. 50 messages a day.

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#15

I Have $3

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Eagle Girl
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2 months ago

we all did..we all did..

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“Pissed-off people were calling regularly about its messaging back then. So, we tried to do two things: Harness a voice that toes the line between uplifting, snarky, and of-the-moment, and lean into the social media side of things. These days, we have more than 660,000 followers across all our platforms,” Paige told ‘Austin Monthly.’

#16

That’s The Motto Baby Yolo

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Serial pacifist
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2 months ago

Weirdocracy in the making.

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#17

If You’re Looking For A Sign This Is It

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James016
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2 months ago

In that case, cheese is the answer

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#18

Or The Next Day! 🗣

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Gin. No tonic
Community Member
2 months ago

Yes! But let's do it overmorrow! Or the day after overmorrow. Or a bit later... But definitely let's unite!

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“Unless it’s a public figure who really asks for it, we want it to be a beacon of genuine love for the spirit of Austin. We stay on top of current events, too. You wouldn’t believe how many times we’ve come up with quips on a text chain where we’re just spitballing [...] and, 30 minutes later, it’s up,” Ellis said.

#19

A Humbling Practice

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Brian Brown
Community Member
2 months ago

LMAO!

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#20

Sometimes You Just Need To Hear Those Two Little Words


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Auntriarch
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2 months ago

Lea and Perrin's - easy.

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#21

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Mazer
Community Member
2 months ago

Not in my world. Best part about adulthood is being able to drive and learning what I want without pressure to either excel at it or to have to learn subjects at someone else’s pace by someone else’s rules. I am still very much a kid at heart

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The couple took an innovative approach to weather the Covid-19 pandemic and help keep their employees afloat. At the start of the lockdowns, they took a risk with to-go margaritas (all helped by their sign that said, “Now would be a good time to legalize margarita delivery”) which was very successful and resonated with a lot of the locals.

#22

Like A Hot Mess But Add A Little.... Spice đŸ€Œ

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Carmen Sandiego
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2 months ago

You speak to my soul.

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#23

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NsG
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2 months ago

Aargh! That apostrophe! 😆

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#24

Apply Once Daily

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WholesomeArmyweeb
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2 months ago

The police đŸ€­

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According to the National Restaurant Association in the US, the pandemic erased 3.1 million jobs by the end of 2020 from what the numbers were expected to be. Over 110k American eating and drinking establishments closed their doors in 2020 (whether permanently or temporarily). Overall, the restaurant and foodservice industry sales fell by a whopping 240 billion dollars last year.

#25

This One’s Important

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Eagle Girl
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2 months ago

Taco Bell dollar menu has literally erased my after work road rage

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#26

Is This Anyone Else’s Tomorrow Mood

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SuperChicken
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2 months ago

Would love to use that one day, if I can get away with it.

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#27

Tag A Friend That Won’t Understand This

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Eagle Girl
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2 months ago

I use Plethora A Lot

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We can’t be certain of the full effects that the pandemic has had on the restaurant industry until much, much later, as the global crisis still hasn’t been wrangled and the stats are still pouring in. However, from what we know, it was hard going for a long while.

#28

Living In Texas Be Like...
thanks To Geoff For The Submission!

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Pearl
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2 months ago

He does his own thing. Weather doesn't care about what other people want him to do.

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Eagle Girl
Community Member
2 months ago

yeah they do., Once the charges are dropped lol

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#30

Diary Of A Pandemic

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Serial pacifist
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2 months ago

A deep well that is.

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In short, it’ll take a while to see how much the situation has changed for restaurants (hopefully, for the better) with the rollout of Covid vaccines and mass vaccination programs in the US and abroad. One thing’s for sure, though: putting up funny and creative signs like El Arroyo can’t hurt your chances of flourishing as a business.

#31

Get It Cause I Sleep At Work

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Brian Brown
Community Member
2 months ago

That is funny

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#32

Period!

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troufaki13
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2 months ago

It's even funnier in Greek because asphalt means, well, asphalt but also the one who makes no mistakes! :D (Angela Dimitriou you got it right girl!)

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#33

đŸ„Ž

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Vicky Z
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2 months ago

And they need to call someone to pick you up!!

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#34

Back To My Old Bag Of Excuses

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troufaki13
Community Member
2 months ago

Don't worry, we still have the Delta variant! :)

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#35

Bro Lol

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AnnaBanana
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2 months ago

Clever!

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#36

I’m Just Going To Leave This Here

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Brian Brown
Community Member
2 months ago

lol

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SuperChicken
Community Member
2 months ago

Can we just quit our job, regardless? When it's cold out and raining, especially - I call it the "bed weather," because I like to curl up in bed with a good book.

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#38

Mom Come Pick Me Up The Vibes Are Off

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Brian Brown
Community Member
2 months ago

OMG, I have thought the very same thing many times over!

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#39

Thanks It’s The Stress 🙂

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Serial pacifist
Community Member
2 months ago

You just can't stress that word enough.

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#40

Lolololol How Times Have Changed

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Pearl
Community Member
2 months ago (edited)

I still ain't

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