10/10/2012 02:40 pm ET Updated Oct 10, 2012

Tortilla Coast, Tex-Mex Spot Where Paul Ryan Once Worked, Hosting Vice Presidential Debate Watch Party

WASHINGTON -- Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan often touts his roots in Janesville, Wis., while out on the campaign trail. But in many ways, he's just as much a product of Capitol Hill.

As GQ wrote, Ryan is "a paragon of the DC success story. ... [H]e came to Washington at a young age, rich in nothing so much as his own ambition, and made good, first as an intern for his Senator Bob Kasten and then as a speechwriter for Jack Kemp."

During these formative years on Capitol Hill, Ryan also served chips and salsa at Tortilla Coast, where he worked as a server.

And to celebrate Thursday's vice presidential debate, Roll Call reports that the Tex-Mex restaurant at 1st and D streets SE will air the debate with full sound, offering their signature frozen margaritas.

In addition to working at the restaurant, Ryan also moonlighted as a trainer at the Washington Sport and Health Club. Six pack abs don't usually coincide with a burrito-heavy diet.

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