He must really like those breadsticks! A North Carolina man was one of the 1,000 folks who purchased Olive Garden's "Never Ending Pasta Pass" in September, but his story went viral this week because he's really taken advantage of the all-you-can-eat ticket.
For Alan Martin, scoring the $100 limited quantity deal — which sold out in 45 minutes and crashed Olive Garden's website — was not enough. "I would love to be the person that ate the most of the 1,000 people," Martin told local Fox affiliate WGHP. "That would be a good contest to win, because that means I got the most value out of the card of anyone in the United States."
On Wednesday, Nov. 5, Martin ate his 100th meal at his local Olive Garden in Burlington, N.C. He's already consumed over $1,600 in food at the Italian chain, and his ideal goal is to reach $1,800.
"He's gotten his money's worth, absolutely," the restaurant's manager Jeremy Byrnes told the station. Martin has allegedly become a celebrity at the Burlington Olive Garden. "I tried chasing him out the door," Byrnes later told the Today show. "I just wanted to congratulate him. Mr. Martin's like part of the family now."
As for any possible weight gain? Martin told the Today show that he still weighs 212 pounds, which is the same weight as when he first started his mission. He said he eats just enough to "knock out" his appetite, plus he lifts weights.
If any health problems arise, Martin told Today his doctor can take care of it. "I'm going to let him fix me if I'm broken," he said.
Lucky for Olive Garden, the pass has an expiration date: Sunday, Nov. 9. Until then, Martin said he will continue eating at the Italian food chain twice a day.
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