How much do you love your favorite restaurant? Do you eat there every week? Twice a week? More? Some of us have our favorites, but I'm not sure it could really compare to how much Justin and Jordan Garton love their favorite restaurant.
The Arkansas couple are expecting their first child, and they could think of no better way to honor their favorite Italian restaurant then to name their child after it. Their daughter is due to be born in December, and because they have the last name 'Garton', they have decided to give their daughter the name "Olivia".
Olivia Garton. That's right. Well, actually it will be Olivia Michelle Garton, making her initials OMG. Jordan laughed saying that “I guess we just have to be those hashtag millennial parents."
But what made them decide to commit to their favorite restaurant in such a big way?
The couple became a little obsessed with the restaurant when they purchased an Unlimited Pasta Pass back in 2015. “We committed to eating there every day for six or seven weeks to get our money’s worth,” said Justin Garton. “It saved us several hundred dollars when we really needed it.”
They decided to avoid going with the obvious "Olive" because they feared their daughter would be bullied. “We were able to make the joke, but a little more subtle, and it’s still a pretty name,” Jordan Garton said. “It was definitely an easy decision.”
Their family apparently thinks the name is hilarious, but they all love it. “When they say it out loud it’s like an instant connection,” Jordan Garton said. “It’s like, ‘Oh, of course.’”
Apparently Olive Garden has noticed the couple's plan, and plans to send a "little surprise" when Olivia is born. “We couldn’t have been more thrilled upon hearing about the Garton’s growing family,” said the Olive Garden spokeswoman. “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.”