The co-owner of the High Dive (2337 18th St. NW) said he’s fortunate to be alive following a near-death experience.
Andrew Stuart, who owns the Adams Morgan bar alongside Tristan Magee, fell critically ill last month.
“About a month before it all started, I started acting erratically,” Stuart said. “I wasn’t functioning. You’re basically going nuts. It’s like crazy people type stuff, which of course, worries Tristan.”
Though Stuart was unaware of it at the time, his liver was precariously close to failing and causing his scatterbrained behavior. One night, while Stuart was feeling particularly unwell, he took some over-the-counter pain medication. (more…)
High Dive co-owner Tristan Magee announced last week that friend and business partner, Andrew Stuart, was critically ill and in need of an organ donation. Though Magee previously said he “didn’t think [Stuart] was going to make it,” he’s now more optimistic about his business partner’s condition.
“I saw Andrew yesterday and he was drastically different from the person I saw last time,” Magee told us this morning. “He’s awake and coherent, and seems to be in pretty good spirits, actually … after seeing him yesterday, I think he’s going to get through this.”
Magee previously has declined to disclose exact details of his business partner’s illness out of respect for Stuart’s family.
Though Magee cautioned that Stuart “is not out of the woods” until he receives a transplant, he added that “his sense of humor is unscathed, and knowing Andrew, that’s whats going to get himself through this.”
Magee said that since he shared the news about Stuart’s illness last week, the neighborhood has come forward to offer condolences and support.
“The whole Adams Morgan community has been really supportive,” said Magee. “I know that means a lot to not only Andrew and his family, but me as well.”
Photo via Facebook / High Dive
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