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Food Network's Restaurant Impossible shot an episode in Hillbillies Restaurant in Murphys last week, reports the Calaveras Enterprise.

Murphys is approximately 1 hour, 45 minutes from downtown Sacramento by car, east of Stockton near Angeles Camp.

Restaurant Impossible features host/chef Robert Irvine, who tries to fix failing restaurants with just a couple days and $10,000.

According to the Enterprise story, it appears that one of the ways they hit that low dollar amount is by seeking volunteers to "paint, craft, construct, remodel, clean and decorate the restaurant."

Read the entire story in the Calaveras Enterprise.

I called the restaurant on Sunday morning, and they confirmed that the restaurant was spruced up on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of this past week. They say they're open for business, but can't discuss the episode or allow pictures to be taken until 5 days after the show airs.

Late last week, there was some online speculation that Irvine was shooting at a Sacramento restaurant. Irvine himself told the Tahoe Tribune on Monday that "I’m in Sacramento. I was in Orlando this morning. Before Tahoe, I’ve got to film an episode of “Restaurant: Impossible” for the next two days..." All of that conjecture turned out to be false.

As of now, the episode featuring Hillbillies is scheduled to air in January.

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