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El Arroyo’s famous sign goes missing during April Fool’s Day

San Antonians may like to poke fun at Austin, but an institution in the Capital City just got (some of) us good.

On Thursday, Tex-Mex restaurant El Arroyo tweeted that its iconic sign, which features clever and topical one-liners, had been stolen. The tweet included pictures of the spot in the parking lot where the sign calls home and #BringBackTheSign as a way to get the buzz going online.

In follow-up tweets, the restaurant even showed apparent security footage of four individuals hauling the sign away.

Concerned Texans expressed their worry of the sign being lost forever, sharing memories of seeing the witty captions during their commutes or visits to the free-spirited city. Others were ready to fight the heartless criminals that dared to steal the iconic sign, which has its own books and was even used to announce the upcoming season of “Queer Eye.”

Later on in the day, El Arroyo shared a video of Texas Gov. Greg Abbott advocating for the return of the sign.

“I said ‘alcohol to-go,’ not ‘signs to-go,’” Abbott said. With a trooper standing behind him, Abbott said that he was calling for the Department of Public Safety to find El Arroyo’s sign.

By this point, Twitter users across the Lone Star State figured out that the stolen sign was part of El Arroyo’s April Fool’s Day shenanigans – and a lot of Texans were turned off by Abbott being included in the bit.

Soon after, El Arroyo returned to Twitter to clarify that the sign was found at YETI’s flagship store in South Austin and part of a giveaway between the two Texas icons, much to the relief of worried Austinites.

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