A couple who once ate at Olive Garden nearly every day for seven weeks is now planning to name their daughter Olivia Garton.
Justin and Jordan Garton said they visit the restaurant frequently and after hitting a rough patch financially, the two bought one of the chain's "Never Ending Pasta Pass" to help save on groceries. The annual promotion allows customers to pay upfront all-you-can-eat pasta for a number of weeks.
"We didn't have enough money for groceries and we knew that the investment in the hundred dollar Pasta Pass would save us money," Jordan Garton told KTLA sister station KFSM in Fort Smith, Arkansas. "It actually saved us $250 in groceries."
The name Olivia was chosen to celebrate the baby girl's Italian heritage, but the joke of naming her after Olive Garden has been ongoing in the Garton family for quite awhile.
"Once we came across the name Olivia, we fell in love with it instantly," Justin Garton said. "We thought we could still work the pun in and still work the joke in."
After the baby's name was chosen, friends of the Gartons surprised them with a onesie resembling the Olive Garden logo.
"We didn't directly name her after the restaurant," Justin Garton said. "We just happened to have ties to the restaurant. The name is close, but obviously we didn't want it to be directly naming her after the restaurant."
Olive Garden did get word about Olivia's name and told the parents that the popular food chain would have a special surprise in store for the new baby.
"To hear from Olive Garden, they've reached out to us and they've even said they're going to give Olivia an early birthday present," Justin said. "We're excited about that."
With the baby's due date a little more than a week away, it won't be long before Olivia Garton can have her first experience at Olive Garden.
"She'll definitely be wearing this onesie," Jordan said. "We'll probably be there several times before she can even eat solid foods."
The baby's full name will be Olivia Michelle Garton, making her initials O.M.G., another thing her parents plan to have fun with.
The due date for baby Olivia is Wednesday, Dec. 6.