High Dive co-owner Tristan Magee broke the news about his longtime friend and business partner, Andrew Stuart, on the bar’s Facebook page yesterday.
“My dear friend and co-founder of the bar, Andrew Stuart is very ill right now, so the bar will not be opening tonight,” Magee wrote last night. “I will be there tomorrow though if you want to talk to me about what’s going on with Andrew. Please send good thoughts his way.”
Magee told us earlier today that, while he didn’t want to disclose exact details out of respect for Stuart’s family, Stuart is hospitalized in critical condition and “in really bad shape.”
Though the bar was closed last night, Magee said “the plan now is for the bar to be open.”
“I fully intend to carry on Andrew’s dream of running this bar, no matter what happens with Andrew,” Magee said. “I know he would kill me if I closed the High Dive. I love this place. They would have to drag me out of here kicking and screaming.”
Magee released this statement to Borderstan earlier today:
He’s been an incredibly supportive and dear friend to me personally for over 15 years, and it’s just been a joy opening this bar with him. It’s a dream that we’ve had since we were practically kids, and for him to have been able to see that realized is huge for me. He’s just such a unique guy. I can’t imagine the world without him. I know that in just the short time that we’ve been open, he’s become something of a fixture in Adams Morgan and has provided a lot of people with some really memorable nights out, which is what he loves doing the most.
We all appreciate the outpouring of support and are praying for Andrew’s recovery.
Photo via Facebook / TheHighDiveDC