Utah residents having a cow over restaurant’s new, well-endowed sign

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HURRICANE, Utah - Herds of residents are voicing their beef with a Hurricane restaurant's new, well-endowed sign while others are left in udder disbelief.

A new Barista’s Restaurant sign in Hurricane is leaving many people with a bad taste in their mouths and sparking outrage within the community, Hurricane, Utah, March 17, 2015 | Photo by Kimberly Scott, St. George News

A new Barista’s Restaurant sign in Hurricane is leaving many people with a bad taste in their mouths and sparking outrage within the community, Hurricane, Utah, March 17, 2015 | Photo by Kimberly Scott, St. George News

Barista's Restaurant, across the street from Hurricane High, said it is getting slaughtered over the bull's extra-large rocky mountain oysters on the sign.

According to the St. George News, this is no cock-and-bull story; a stampede of residents said they feel the sign is offensive and that the longhorn's genitalia is blatantly overdone.

Some are raising the steaks, going as far as saying the sign is R-rated.

But Barista's owner, Stephen Ward, is grabbing the bull by the horns and getting to the meat of the matter.

Ward said real issue residents seem to have is with him, and that's no bull. He said he has a bull's eye on his back.

He spoke with FOX 13 News about the controversy, as did some of the of the upset residents.

The St. George News reported Ward went through the proper steps to get the sign approved before it was erected.

However, locals are showing them, if you mess with the bull, you get the horns.

See what the city now has to say about the bovine billboard it approved and what residents are doing about it from the St. George News.


  • Jim

    Wow…I’m blown away that this article didn’t get funnier the more you crammed puns into it. Maybe a few more would’ve done the trick.

  • Valerie

    HA!!! I, for one, love the puns in this story. They are ridiculous becuase the story is ridiculous. People in Utah need to calm down and stop getting all worked up about everything. If you’re offended don’t eat there. I’ll visit everytime I pass through because of the sign and that I’m sure the owner isn’t some easily offended cry baby. My kind of person.

  • Hunter

    First world problems. I’m sure high schools students view more when they turn the news on talking about real problems such as Isis. wow cry me a river

  • Troy

    Whoever Ashton Edwards is, he’s not getting paid enough. I imagine when you have to report on such a bogus trivial topic, the only way to make it tolerable is to load it up with puns. A+ Sir keep fighting the good fight

  • JHE

    I couldn’t care less about the sign itself, but this article was horrible. 1-2 “puns” at the most. The title to grab people and maybe at the end. Hopefully I can read a more intelligently written article on Sltrib or a site where the reporter is maybe older than 22 years old.

  • Steven

    From the map (thanks for including it), this restaurant is just down the street from the strip mall funeral home. Both demonstrate that this community has a sense of humor and most of the residents don’t take thIngs too seriously. I’ll be eating there next time I pass through on the way to Zion’s.

  • Tiffany

    God forbid these people drive past a farm and see a well endowed horse or bull, get over it! The things people b!$@h about amaze me, there are many other far important things to complain about than this

  • KonaN8

    If this article stays up for more than four hours on this site, call your doctor. This article is not intended for everyone. Try Baristas with a friend to find out if it’s right for you.

  • Mimi

    So if you were to drive past cows grazing in a field, are you going to raise a raucous because you can see their junk? I mean really. Who cares if this restaurant owner had a cow sculpture done that is anatomically correct? And if the parts in question are overly done, is that much different than if they were normal size? If I saw this I wouldn’t bat an eye. I’ve seen enough real cows that it wouldn’t even capture my attention. What a bunch of ninnies.

  • Anon

    Small town troubles. We visit Hurricane often and contemplated moving to Hurricane. The rogue police department is what took it off of our list. Can’t wait to see the big bull and all of the prudes that so lovingly call Hurricane home.

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