A Deep Ellum Icon Needs Some Help, Even If He'd Never Ask For It Himself

Mark Graham
John "Beard" Brewer, ruler of the Dada doorway

Amanda Newman, new co-owner of Club Dada, sends word this morning that iconic Dada doorman John "Beard" Brewer has been at Parkland Memorial Hospital since Friday night. Brewer suffered what friends are referring to as a seizure. Doctors had expected to remove a breathing tube last night, but did not: Reports a friend of Beard's, who paid him a visit last night, doctors are "still checking for fluid in his lungs."

Writes Newman this morning: "Beard does not have insurance, and we are trying to quickly put together a benefit to help defray the costs of his medical care." Folks who'd like to pitch in can reach Newman via her e-mail address.

"I've known Beard since I was 16 years old and trying to sneak into Dada," Newman says. "When Dada came into new ownership, we got Beard back at the door, and it made Dada feel like home again. Beard is Dada in a lot of ways. He's the gruff guy who sits outside with his arms crossed and always has a funny insult for somebody. But he'll bend over backwards for anyone, and it's our turn to bend over backwards for him." --Robert Wilonsky

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