Patrick Dempsey, already a well-known name in Hollywood and IndyCar racing (where he owns two professional teams), is getting ready for his next big venture: coffee.
The 46-year-old, who can regularly be seen on ABC's hit drama "Grey's Anatomy," has revealed that he's leading a team of investors to purchase the Seattle-based Tully's Coffee, which recently filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection earlier this year. The coffee chain has 47 stores in Washington state and California, as well as partnerships with franchises and grocery chains throughout the Western United States and Asia.
Dempsey, who has developed close ties to Seattle over the years ("Grey's" is set in the in city), says his chief concern in acquiring Tully's is saving jobs.
"I'm excited about the opportunity to save hundreds of jobs, give back to Seattle and become a larger part of the economic growth and fabric of the community," he told KiroTV. "I've always loved this city, and with the purchase of Tully's Coffee, I plan to spend a lot of time in Seattle and at the stores connecting with the community and growing the Tully's brand. It looks like Seattle may be my home away from home in the very near future."
Dempsey should learn more about acquiring Tully's Coffee soon; a bankruptcy court hearing is set for Jan. 11.
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