On Jan. 3, Patrick Dempsey plans to lead the charge in trying to buy back cash-strapped, Washington-based Tully's Coffee, which filed for bankruptcy in October. Working with a group that intends to be the top bidder on the floundering chain, he hopes to give the company a
second chance at financial solvency. "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," said Dempsey, whose hit show "Grey's Anatomy" is set in Seattle."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."
While the show Grey's Anatomy (of which I have only watched twice but will become its number one fan) is set here in Seattle, the irony is that it is supposed to take place at Harborview Medical Center, which I have renamed Horrorview, The American Horror Story, the Hosptial after the FX show of a similar title. That said if they actually had medical staff like those on television they might even be slightly competent but sadly the closest I came to an actual competent Doctor was one whom I never met and like everything at that dump his medical orders were utterly ignored. Well that is fair, what the do to the patients they should also do the Doctors.
But the true story is that Tully's which tried to pose itself as the non-Starbucks simply could not do so. The one by my house closed recently and the rest have been following suit as they attempt to re-organize under Bankruptcy.
I don't drink Tully's but they are jobs, they have a fantastic roasting plant that they reconfigured from another local brew long gone, Rainier and had a committed presence in the area. They may be only service jobs but in a service economy they are needed.
And Seattle is known for its coffee but that is becoming less and less so and more single than doppio or triple grande as Starbucks has slowly either monopolized or overwhelmed the market.
I wish Mr. Dempsey good luck and good wishes and hope this works out. I can't wait to leave Seattle and perhaps Mr. Dempsey would like my place, its just over the hill from the roasting facility.