Maybe ‘Unlimited Breadsticks’ was their backup name?
People often use the birth of a child as an occasion to honor someone special to them, like a beloved grandparent, or an old friend, by incorporating that person’s name into the name of their child. One couple decided to go a slightly different route and use their daughter’s name to pay tribute to their favorite chain restaurant.
After all, we’re all family there.
How much do you love Olive Garden? It doesn’t matter because there’s no way you love it as much as Justin and Jordan Garton love it.
— Justin Garton (@JustinGarton) November 20, 2017
That’s right, the young couple purposely chose the name Olivia for their daughter because Olivia Garton sounds like ‘Olive Garden,” their favorite restaurant.
“I’m only the third generation on my dad’s side to be born in America,” Jordan Garton, 26, told ABC News. “I just love Italian food and growing up in Arkansas that’s pretty much one of the only Italian places that we ever got to go.”
How much do you love Olive Garden? It doesn’t matter because you’ve probably never eaten there every day for seven weeks straight like the Gatons did.
After buying a $100 ‘never-ending pasta pass” that allows Olive Garden customers unlimited pasta and soft drinks for a limited time, Justin and Jordan made sure to get their money’s worth by spending the better part of two months eating at the restaurant.
“We committed to eating there every day for six or seven weeks to get our money’s worth,” said the 28-year-old expecting father. “It saved us several hundred dollars when we really needed it.”
Now, not only are they somehow not sick of eating at the family-friendly Italian chain, they still love it so much they’ve forever linked it to their lives with their daughter’s name. That’s amore!
As you might expect, the internet has opinions on the couple’s name choice. And they are surprisingly positive.
Well, not all of them…
setting this kid up for absolute disaster— Caroline (@CAROLling_) November 25, 2017
Had a great meal at Olivia Garton tonight. Congratulations on the birth of baby Olive. 😉— Phil Roberts (@proberts27) November 25, 2017
UNLIMITED BREADSTICKS FOR LIFEEEEE pic.twitter.com/cCnkqsarDZ— Kersh Branz (@KershBranz) November 25, 2017
this is absolutely the kind of innovative thinking i like to see on my timeline https://t.co/LypbAbxJz4— victoria (@jonimitchells) November 24, 2017
This is awesome https://t.co/xyd477VxQV— Nathan Harker (@n8_harker) November 23, 2017
WHAT IS HAPPENING I AM SCREAMING. Also will there be breadsticks? @olivegarden— n1babyfoxtrot (@n1babyfoxtrot) November 23, 2017
The Gartons have even given a few people ideas of their own.
me in 10 years naming my child subway https://t.co/45A4ManPVP— in his name all oppression shall cease (@Kara_JA) November 25, 2017
I would like to take this opportunity to announce the birth of my daughter, Golda Corral. https://t.co/WQiJwVpKXC— matthew👀 (@matthewlyness) November 24, 2017
I tried to convince my friends to make their daughter Capri. Their last name is Sun. IMAGINE THE POSSIBILITIES!!! https://t.co/4yuBeBEmjP— Laura (@lsirikul) November 24, 2017
Luckily for the couple, Olive Garden itself seems to approve.
This made our entire DAY! Can we celebrate baby Olivia a bit early? We want to send a 🎁. Please send us a DM with your email address so that we can r each out!— Olive Garden (@olivegarden) November 20, 2017
Don't worry– we're making sure that there WILL be breadsticks. 😉— Olive Garden (@olivegarden) November 24, 2017
Hopefully, Olivia herself will approve too.