Patrick Dempsey Plans a Tully's Coffee in Malibu

Patrick Dempsey Tully's - P 2013

Patrick Dempsey Tully's - P 2013

The "Grey's Anatomy" star, whose investment group bought the coffee chain for $9.2 million, wants a branch near his house -- he drinks 10 cups a day.

This story first appeared in the Feb. 8 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine.

Grey's Anatomy fans and business analysts alike were surprised to see Patrick Dempsey swoop in to purchase the bankrupt, fittingly Seattle-based coffee chain Tully's at auction Jan. 11. Dempsey, whose investment group, GlobalBaristas, spent $9.2 million, tells THR he'll start by sorting out the finances.

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He's also got expansion ("I live in Malibu, so it'd be nice to have one") and product-placement intentions (Tully's appeared early on the show -- "We'll have to see how much support ABC wants to give").

So how does he fit in the turnaround?

"I have a 45-minute drive to work," says Dempsey, who downs up to 10 cups of joe a day. "With my Bluetooth, I just roll a lot of calls."