Television crews were at the Georgia Boy Cafe at Park Circle in Hagerstown Friday afternoon setting up for the upcoming filming of the Food Network Reality Show, “Restaurant: Impossible.”
Workers were going in and out of tents set up in the parking lot, a filming light could be seen inside, and a waste-management company, Republic Services, arrived to deliver a large trash container.
Larry Jones of Martinsburg, W.Va., who works for Republic Services, helped to deliver the trash container — and then started taking pictures.
Jones said it was “really cool” to be part of the setup and couldn’t wait to put it on Facebook.
“Just being a part of this project that’s going to be on TV and seeing it, and making history here for Hagerstown, it’s kind of a big deal,” he said.
Jones, 44, said he found out about the project earlier this week. The restaurant called Republic Services and said they needed the trash container.
“I guess they’re going to be throwing a bunch of stuff out and refurbishing the place,” he said. “(I’m) looking forward to looking at it on TV.”
In the show, host Chef Robert Irvine has to make over a restaurant within two days and a $10,000 budget.
As workers were setting up, some local residents checked out the activity.
Danielle Whipkey of Hagerstown walked by with her family and asked: “Where’s the ‘Restaurant: Impossible’ guy?,” referring to Irvine.
Whipkey said it was “awesome” that a Hagerstown restaurant was going to be featured on the popular show.
“I’ve never even thought that Hagerstown would be involved in something national like this,” she said.
Whipkey, 20, said that she is a fan of the show, describing Irvine as “awesome.”
“He fixes everything,” she said.
Whipkey said she had never eaten at the Georgia Boy Cafe and was curious about why it was chosen.
Filming for the show in Hagerstown will be Saturday and Sunday.
The program is scheduled to air Wednesday, Nov. 20, on the Food Network, according to reports.