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Couple's love of Olive Garden inspires name of first-born

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FORT SMITH, Ark. -

A couple's love for the Olive Garden's unlimited salad and bread sticks has helped them name their first child. But they insist their daughter was not named after the Italian food restaurant.

Jordan and Justin Garton once spent seven straight weeks dining at their local Olive Garden in 2015 to save money during hard financial times. Two years later, the Arkansas couple has decided to name their first child Olivia -- Olivia Garton.

"It actually didn't start out as just us loving Olive Garden,'' Justin told TODAY. "Jordan is a third-generation Italian-American so she wanted to pick a name inspired by her heritage, so we considered Olive and Olivia.

"When we said 'Olive Garton' out loud, obviously we got a big kick out of that, but kids are cruel nowadays, so we wanted it to be a bit more subtle."

The couple, in their 20s, was able to get a Neverending Past Pass, which usually sell out in seconds, during a time of financial difficulty in 2015. They ate just about every night at their local restaurant in Fort Smith, Arkansas.

"We could barely afford groceries, and it ended up saving hundreds of dollars," Justin said.

They also became friends with many of the staff members.

"They really lifted our spirits during a tough time,'' he said.

Since announcing their daughter's name in a Twitter post, Justin said they have been contacted by Olive Garden's corporate office, which is planning on sending Olivia a special care package when she is born.

Baby Olivia is due on December 6.

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