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85 Year Old’s Review of New Olive Garden Location May Make her The Betty White of the Brand

Senior citizen's golden review of Grand Forks chain is endearing

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Never overestimate the tastes of the American people. A review of the new Olive Garden in Grand Forks, ND has gone viral.

The writer of the review is 85-year-old Marilyn Hagerty who has worked for the Grand Forks Herald; she has won numerous awards and authored thousands of articles, but none of them have received as much attention as her Olive Garden article. In the article she described having a lunch of fettuccine Alfredo, and a salad topped with several black olives. She called Olive Garden “the largest, most beautiful restaurant in Grand Forks. [...] The place is impressive. It’s fashioned in Tuscan farmhouse style with a welcoming entryway. There is seating for those who are waiting.”

Some people really liked the review and thought that it was sweet while others find a review of such a major chain to be trivial and adding to a culture of idiocracy. The reaction requires framing though; someone who has never been to an Olive Garden is more likely to be impressed by its decor and ambience than someone who has had a location right around the corner for decades. Seeing as the chain is new to the area, it is understandable why Hagerty was so taken.

Hagerty says that her phone has been ringing off the hook for the past three days. According to wmctv.com she said that her review is getting so much attention that it feels like “a wild dream” and she doesn’t care if people jest at her positive impression of the new Olive Garden.

Individuals who work for and represent Olive Garden are stoked about the review, “We really love to see all the support we’ve had from all the Olive Garden fans out there that have stood up for her and the Olive Garden and given us more positive feedback,” said Donald Szutenbach, Olive Garden General Manager.

Her article has received over 1.3 million hits and has even landed her an interview on abc and a television appearance on CNN’s “Piers Morgan Tonight” with guest host Jane Lynch from the Fox TV hit “Glee.”

Here is what some people tweeted about her review:

@starfishncoffee: I kinda love that 85 yr old woman in North Dakota who reviewed her town’s brand new—Olive Garden. http://t.co/4M1EE9Ij(image) 22 minutes ago via Twitter for Mac ·  Reply ·  Retweet ·  Favorite · powered by @socialditto

As someone who critiques all day long, I found Marilyn Hagerty’s review of the Olive Garden in NDakota delightful. #changeyourperspective(image) 58 minutes ago via web ·  Reply ·  Retweet ·  Favorite · powered by @socialditto

Guess if u grew-up in big city, Marilyn Hagerty’s Olive Garden review is funny. But for small town folks, it’s big deal http://t.co/jOCuJj7a(image) 1 hour ago via TweetDeck ·  Reply ·  Retweet ·  Favorite · powered by @socialditto

Bless Marilyn Hagerty’s heart. I may not like Olive Garden but I am in love with her. http://t.co/v1WtbnJ4(image) 2 days ago via TweetDeck ·  Reply ·  Retweet ·  Favorite · powered by @socialditto

107,000 clicks on Marilyn Hagerty’s Grand Forks Olive Garden review, the earnest, kind tone of which made me cry http://t.co/ZXACe43a(image) 4 days ago via TweetDeck ·  Reply ·  Retweet ·  Favorite · powered by @socialditto

Marilyn Hagerty could become the Betty White of an Olive Garden rebranding campaign.(image) 4 days ago via web ·  Reply ·  Retweet ·  Favorite · powered by @socialditto

This woman is awesome. Don’t hate. @LAWeekly Interview with Olive Garden reviewer Marilyn Hagerty http://t.co/yu15YQnV(image) 4 days ago via web ·  Reply ·  Retweet ·  Favorite · powered by @socialditto

You gotta be kidding me MT@JohnsonReports Marilyn Hagerty’s review of the Grand Forks Olive Garden has 90,000 views http://t.co/AhgWdkqe(image) 4 days ago via TweetDeck ·  Reply ·  Retweet ·  Favorite · powered by @socialditto

You gotta be kidding me MT@JohnsonReports Marilyn Hagerty’s review of the Grand Forks Olive Garden has 90,000 views http://t.co/AhgWdkqe(image) 4 days ago via TweetDeck ·  Reply ·  Retweet ·  Favorite · powered by @socialditto

85 Year Old’s Review of New Olive Garden Location May Make her The Betty White of the Brand
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