"Grey's Anatomy" star Patrick Dempsey has apparently placed the winning bid in Thursday's bankruptcy auction to buy the Tully's Coffee chain.
Dempsey, known as "McDreamy" on the hospital-themed television drama, is visiting Eastside locations at Clyde Hill and downtown Bellevue this morning, according to his Twitter feed.
On Thursday, Dempsey tweeted:
We met the green monster, looked her in the eye, and...SHE BLINKED! We got it! Thank you Seattle!
On Friday morning Dempsey tweeted:
Heading to Clyde Hill Tully's now to meet employees and our customers. Very exciting.
The Associated Press reports Dempsey's placed the bid through his company Global Baristas LLC and plans to keep the Tully's brand. But Starbucks, which also participated in the auction, says it's in a "back up" position to buy about half of Tully's remaining 47 stores.
A final decision on the winning bid will be determined in court on Jan. 11.
Tully's in Woodinville closed in October after the company declared bankruptcy. The owners of Purple Café and Wine Bar are leasing the space that formerly housed Tully's Coffee for a new neighborhood café.