AUSTIN (KXAN) — The world-famous sign, which is updated daily with jokes and puns, is missing from El Arroyo’s parking lot.
It’s also April Fools’ Day.
In an elaborate April Fools’ Day prank, El Arroyo tweeted images Thursday that appeared to show security camera footage of people removing the sign with a U-Haul trailer in the early morning hours of March 31.
Later, they tweeted a pre-recorded message from Gov. Greg Abbott who said he was going to get the Department of Public Safety involved.
“I said alcohol to-go, not signs to-go,” Abbott joked. The pre-recorded message was taped at Abbott’s Austin office even though the governor was in the Rio Grande Valley Thursday morning giving an update on border operations, one of the best early indications this was a prank.
El Arroyo had many in Austin fooled though Thursday morning after its initial tweet.
“It is with great sadness that we share some disheartening news… Our famous marquee sign has been stolen,” El Arroyo said Thursday. “If you have any information about the whereabouts of the sign, or any leads, please comment.”
Sign was definitely removed
KXAN went by El Arroyo, and confirmed the sign was taken down. A chef there told us he was surprised when he came to work and the sign was gone.
We reached out to the management at El Arroyo multiple times, but they were happy to let social media speak for them as the prank continued.
But then at 1:30 p.m., El Arroyo finally fessed up, saying “Y’all fell hard for that one, huh?”
According to its website, El Arroyo has been serving Tex-Mex food since 1975 from its location at West 5th Street and Campbell Street. But now it’s maybe even better known for its witty sayings on its marquee sign, which it changes out each day. Pictures of the sign have been published in four volumes so far.