Steve Patterson and 11 other times the El Arroyo sign nailed it

Any Tex-Mex fan knows that another pillar of the Keep Austin Weird mantra is definitely the sign at the corner of 5th and Campbell Street in front of El Arroyo.

The tacos and beer joint known for a sick margarita happy hour on Thursdays as well as getting a name drop in the song “Carry On” by Texas country singer Pat Green has an added charm in its always topical, often hilarious message board in the parking lot in front of the restaurant. If you’re visiting Austin, it’s a great place to stop and take a picture (although since it’s on a corner, selfies might require more caution).

UT Athletic Director Steve Patterson introduces Shaka Smart as the new basketball coach at the University of Texas on Friday April 3, 2015, at the Frank Erwin Center. JAY JANNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

UT Athletic Director Steve Patterson introduces Shaka Smart as the new basketball coach at the University of Texas on Friday April 3, 2015, at the Frank Erwin Center. JAY JANNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

Now that Steve Patterson can add “former University of Texas athletic director” to his resume, there’s plenty of opinions on his tenure, marked notably by a dramatic hike in ticket prices at football games. El Arroyo wasn’t going to let fans forget it and bid Patterson adieu with a message on the marquee.

The humor doesn’t end with local news. Events from all over the world have inspired El Arroyo’s daily take.

The restaurant’s sign has also been known to share more solemn words on events such as the Syrian refugee crisis and celebrity deaths.

Never change, El Arroyo.


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