Arkansas couple announce baby named after Olive Garden

By Ben Hooper  |  Nov. 27, 2017 at 12:22 PM
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Nov. 27 (UPI) -- A pair of Olive Garden fans in Arkansas announced plans to name their firstborn child after their favorite eatery: Olivia Garton.

Justin and Jordan Garton of Fort Smith said they have decided to name the baby, due in December, after the restaurant where they once ate every day for seven weeks after buying a "never ending pasta pass" in 2015.

"We committed to eating there every day for six or seven weeks to get our money's worth," Justin Garton, 28, told ABC's Good Morning America. "It saved us several hundred dollars when we really needed it."

The couple said they quickly ruled out Olive Garton for the baby's name, but soon settled on Olivia.

"We were able to make the joke, but a little more subtle, and it's still a pretty name," said Jordan Garton, 26. "It was definitely an easy decision."

An Olive Garden company spokeswoman said the restaurant chain was aware of the couple's name thanks to a photo of a custom-made onesie that Justin Garton posted on Twitter.

The spokeswoman said the company is planning a "little surprise" for the new parents.

"We couldn't have been more thrilled upon hearing about the Garton's growing family," the spokeswoman said. "We always love hearing the unique ways our guests have been able to connect with Olive Garden, and we can't wait to meet baby Olivia."

The Gartons said they hid one other Easter egg in baby Olivia's name: Her middle name will be Michelle, making her initials "O.M.G."

"I guess we just have to be those hashtag millennial parents," Jordan Garton said.

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