Olive Garden Review, The tweets keep coming, a backlash against initial snarky comments is building and Web clicks on a viral restaurant review of a local Olive Garden have doubled just days after its release on a small, North Dakota newspaper’s website.
The review of the chain eatery, whose arrival was said to be highly anticipated in Grand Forks, N.D., has caused a nationwide Web firestorm, with more than 400,000 hits on the Grand Forks Herald’s website.
The article made history for the paper after it was posted Tuesday, quickly reaching 200,000 views by Wednesday afternoon. It was 10 times more read than paper’s next-most-popular story.
Eighty-five-year-old Marilyn Hagerty, a 65-year news veteran, wrote the review as a part of her “Eatbeat” column. When told by her son that her article had gone viral, Hagerty noted she “didn’t know what that meant.”
The initial tweets were sometimes mocking.
Kevin Hoffman tweeted, “BREAKING: Marilyn Hagerty also reviewed Taco Bell.”
But there also has been social media support.
Jamila Twain wrote, “Back off my breadsticks! In defense of Olive Garden (and Marilyn Hagerty).”
Even some of Hagerty’s fellow foodies chimed in, with author and chef Anthony Bourdain tweeting, “Very much enjoyed watching internet sensation Marilyn Hagerty triumph over the snarkologists (myself included).”
“Everyone had blogged about it, tweeted about it,” Alan Sytsma, editor of New York Magazine, told ABC News. “Everyone knows who she is. She’s probably the most famous restaurant critic in America right now.”
Hagerty told ABC affiliate WDAZ she didn’t know what all the fuss was about.