Tex-Mex restaurant El Arroyo, in Austin, Texas, offers more than what's on the menu—it also puts up the wittiest signs that are sure to make everyone's day.

El Arroyo took up this "hobby" in the early '80s, and much like LeBron James, it is still going strong after all these years in the game.

We at Bored Panda have already covered these signs here and here, but since it brings so much joy to the community (and the Internet), we decided to make a new piece sharing some of El Arroyo's latest gems. Enjoy!

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Jo Johannsen
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1 month ago

😊

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Scagsy
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Also applies to doggos.

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Laura Schulte, brand partnerships and social media manager at El Arroyo, told Bored Panda in an earlier interview their marquee was first put out by the street in front of the restaurant by their original owner over two decades ago to promote restaurant specials and write funny quotes.

Now, 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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chi-wei shen
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1 month ago

Times have changed. In 2019 you could have been arrested for wearing a mask inside a bank and today for not wearing a mask.

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Jo Johannsen
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1 month ago

Oh, yeah!

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On April 1st, locals probably have had a real scare when they saw the landmark El Arroyo sign was missing. Restaurant representatives said on social media that it was stolen.

"It is with great sadness that we share some disheartening news... Our famous marquee sign has been stolen," El Arroyo staff tweeted. "If you have any information about the whereabouts of the sign, or any leads, please comment."

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ADHORTATOR
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1 month ago

Me too

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1 month ago

That is what I try to do

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According to KXAN-TV, a server who answered the phone when ABC13 called confirmed this information. "It was stolen," Gilberto Camacho then said. "At least as far as I know. That's what the manager told me anyway."

The drama took a turn when El Arroyo shared a video of Gov. Greg Abbott showing animated concern about the sign.

"I said alcohol to go... not signs to go," Abbott said on-camera. "That sign is missing. We must find it. I'm asking the DPS to help us find that sign."

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Austin Bromenschenkel
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1 month ago

The algorithm!!!!

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Jo Johannsen
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1 month ago

Every surgical patient's worst nightmare.

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However, observant viewers noticed that Abbott's video, featuring the governor wearing a tie while in his Capitol office, was recorded on a different day since he was seen in live ABC13 streaming video along the Texas border at the same time the clip was tweeted.

An afternoon Instagram post from El Arroyo revealed the signs' whereabouts, a relocation in conjunction with a promotion with the drinkware and cooler-maker, Yeti. "Y'all fell hard for that one, huh?" El Arroyo posted, calming down its followers. Looks like we'll see more signs after all!

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LesAnimaux
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1 month ago

I thought it said 'petty' at first and that is also correct.

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Alex the awful German
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1 month ago

what a pitty it isn't handed down exactly what the parrot said....

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Jo Johannsen
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1 month ago

Not like it floats, or can cook/keep warm with it, won't heal a broken leg or cure a fever. You can't even fight off zombies with it.

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Sum Guy
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1 month ago

That's better than forgetting it at home and having to buy one when you know you have a box of them at home

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Jo Johannsen
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1 month ago

Especially the under-5 crowd.

Kendra Miller
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1 month ago

In my family, the birthday person now gets a paper fan to blow out the candles.

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Hermien Greeff
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1 month ago

Made a separate cupcake for 4year old, just to hold the candles. More spit than air with the toddlers.

Linda Cowley
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1 month ago

My nan used to scrape the icing off after the candle blowing, and give it to us - happy days

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Elaine Mattingly
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1 month ago

I always did think it was disgusting. And when the cook samples the soup they are cooking and use the same spoon to keep stiring it's a good diet because you loose your appitite.

Dark_flame
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1 month ago

I have a mug of spoons next to my stove so I can taste and throw the spoon in the sink, and take a fresh one if I wanna taste again - no double dip

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Soggy Crumpet
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1 month ago

The part of this that bothers me is the “used to” part. Big assumption with that.

NaruTheCollective
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1 month ago

Candles on cakes became a popular tradition long ago in Germany, too. For religious reasons, Germans would place a large candle in the center of a cake to symbolize “the light of life." ... If all the candles are blown out in one breath, the wish will come true, and the person will have good luck throughout the year.

That person
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1 month ago

cool

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Mary Peace
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1 month ago

Yeah, the craze for doing that has kind of 'blown over' since Covid.

Fred L.
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1 month ago

Well, immune systems need practice.

Logically Reasonable
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1 month ago

Isn't that in the same handbook as "the 3 second rule"?

Henry Tuttle
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1 month ago

I've been setting aside a special cupcake to blow on for since my first child's first birthday.

Heather Makemson
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1 month ago

Nothing says "Happy Birthday" quite as well as melted wax drips & blobs of saliva!

⭐Bean (they/them)⭐
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1 month ago

And go to gas stations without hand sanitizing afterwards?

Darcie Mansfield
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1 month ago

No s**t huh?? Lol

Petra Christovová
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1 month ago

I still do it. There is a nice saying in my country: "Cleanliness makes half a health, dirt makes whole."

Nothing Fancy
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1 month ago

🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣

XxxPotatoes_rockxxX
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1 month ago

we dont anymore (if you dont get it, It is bc of covid

Mz Phit
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1 month ago

Oh wow....I hadn't thought of that until reading this! Yes, there's going to be an adjustment for that tradition! I like the cupcake idea

K Tigress
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1 month ago

Or lost their dentures on it. 😛🤢

LittlBabyPanda
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1 month ago (edited)

oh.....no.... i just thought about of that

Lydia Gichia-Black
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1 month ago

😳

Norah Reilly
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1 month ago

Yup. Think of all the ick that you ate over the years.

Octavia Hansen
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1 month ago

After single digit birthdays, I have always considered it rude to announce anyone's age on a cake, especially using fire. Just sing the song and pass a piece of cake!

MAKtheknife
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1 month ago

EEEEUUUUWWWWWW!

Jerry Carter
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Oh my God get over it!! If you assholes are so afraid of getting sick, just dig a hole, crawl into it, and pull the dirt back over you. Leave living for the people with the balls to actually live.

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Kaleo Hayase
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1 month ago

And 2021 so far

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Elaine Mattingly
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1 month ago

Wouldn't it be funny if the whole world tried that at the same time for just one day? ( walking only)

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Carol Emory
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1 month ago

I like the one I found a few years back that said "You can only say WTF so many times a day before you just start drinking."

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1 month ago

🤔

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Sue Simmons
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1 month ago

Brilliant. This restaurant is hilarious. Love their signs.

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Rose the Cook
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1 month ago

Honesty at last.

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Elaine Mattingly
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Yep,oh yeah yep, yep, yep, yep, yep.

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Elaine Mattingly
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1 month ago

Yeah?

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Elaine Mattingly
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1 month ago

Here again Yep,yep,yep

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Raven Sheridan
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1 month ago

2021: "What part of HOLD MY BEER, didn't you understand?"

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A Poem For #nationalguacamoleday 🥑 Who’s Coming Over For Some Guac And Margs Later?

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cookie panda
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1 month ago

ah yes

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Rose the Cook
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1 month ago

Beware of the bat virus.

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Elaine Mattingly
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1 month ago

I love this one!

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LesAnimaux
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1 month ago

Quarantiiiiiine

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Just 2020 Small Talk!

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Elaine Mattingly
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1 month ago

Sad but true.

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Sum Guy
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1 month ago

Hurts, but true

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Hermien Greeff
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1 month ago

There are a few movies that are sooo slow that I cannot watch them without playing a game on the phone.

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Elaine Mattingly
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1 month ago

Persistance wins the ............whatever.

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ADHORTATOR
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1 month ago

sure!

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Elaine Mattingly
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1 month ago

Well Slap me upside my head why don't you?

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Elaine Mattingly
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1 month ago

That's too true.

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Elaine Mattingly
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1 month ago

I'd even pack a lunch as long as he keeps his mouth shut. Quareintined too long with someone who talks too much.

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Alma Mater
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1 month ago

soooo true !!!

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BlackPearltheSeaWing/NightWing
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1 month ago

Aww I hope so.

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Raven Sheridan
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1 month ago

It's called a tornado.

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Jo Johannsen
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1 month ago

I'm working on my Ph.D. in Procrastination. Been at it for 43 years so far.

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Life Hack!

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SykesDaMan
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1 month ago

... If you know/guess that it's a dream... If not you can't help it...

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Jo Johannsen
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1 month ago

Messy tacos are the BEST!

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Marcellus the Third
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1 month ago

So I must be wild.

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Rose the Cook
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1 month ago

We all know someone like that.

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Elaine Mattingly
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1 month ago

Good thinking.

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1 month ago

Nice burn

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Sum Guy
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1 month ago

It's only beaten by "I don't need to write that down, I'll remember"

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Kristoffer Rahbek-Jensen
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1 month ago

Yup!

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Elaine Mattingly
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1 month ago

Absolutely.

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Raven Sheridan
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1 month ago

I have: "Excuse me Sir's, are you lost?"

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cookie panda
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1 month ago

apparent punnn

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