Published on: January 3, 2013
Photography by: Patrick Dempsey/Twitter
Patrick Dempsey at Tully's

"Grey's Anatomy" star PATRICK DEMPSEY is a real-life hero in the city where the show takes place. The actor has a new role as the owner of Seattle-based Tully's Coffee. His investment company made a $9.15 million auction bid for the chain.

"I'm thrilled that we won and I'm even more excited about saving Tully's Coffee and its hundreds of jobs," Dempsey said in a statement. "Tully's is a great company with committed employees, and with its base in Seattle, one of the world’s greatest cities, I'm confident we will be able to successfully build the brand and help grow the economy. Seattle has been very good to me over my career, and I am honored to have the privilege to own Tully's and work closely with the company's employees."

On Thursday, Dempsey tweeted: "We met the green monster, looked her in the eye, and ... SHE BLINKED! We got it! Thank you Seattle!"

Dempsey, who plays Dr. Derek Shepherd on the ABC drama, also tweeted a photo of himself with employee Chris Bustamante, with a cup of coffee in hand. The winning bid won't be official until next week.