SEATTLE Actor Patrick Dempsey says via a tweet that it appears his bid to buy a small coffee chain has prevailed in a bankruptcy auction that included Starbucks Corp.
A bankruptcy judge will have the final say on Jan. 11.
Tully's Coffee has 47 company-owned locations in Washington and California. Tully's filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in October.
After Thursday's auction, Starbucks spokesman Zack Hutson confirmed his company participated and is currently in a back-up position for some of Tully's assets.
Dempsey, who gained the nickname McDreamy on the TV show set in a fictional Seattle hospital, said last week that he wanted to rescue the chain. Dempsey and his group were among sevenbidders, including Starbucks, who bid for Tully's Thursday.