The CNN Grill is once again the go-to place at the political conventions, but the setting here at the Republican National Convention is a bit different than what we saw four years ago at the RNC in St. Paul and the DNC in Denver.
This time around, there was no existing restaurant close enough to the Tampa Bay Times Forum for CNN to convert into its popular Grill format. So, the network took over a large storage area in the lower level of a parking garage next to the arena and turned it into a studio/restaurant.
Guests of the CNN Grill this week have included the five Romney sons, Newt Gingrich and former New York City Mayor Rudy Guilani. There have even been some people you wouldn't expect to see at the RNC, including U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, chairwoman of the Democratic Party, and Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, chairman of the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte next week.
Speaking of Charlotte, the Vida Mexican Kitchen y Cantina will be home to the CNN Grill during the DNC.