The South Congress Hotel is a decent spot in Austin. In normal times their restaurants are overall excellent. Central Standard is a place I’ve brunched at often. I’m less fond of Café No Sé but it’s very popular. Japanese omakase restaurant Otoko is very good, though I wasn’t impressed by their sushi nights. Otoko does have an absolutely beautiful bar.
I’ve never stayed there as a guest, however, nor swam in their pool. And I’ve never had a run in with any of their guests. Anthony Michael Hall can’t say the same thing, though.
Hall was Rusty in Vacation. He starred in Sixteen Candles, The Breakfast Club and Weird Science – a John Hughes trifecta. When 2001’s Not Another Teen Movie sought to honor him, all the characters in high school ate at the Anthony Michael Dining Hall. The man is a legend.
Now though he’s having to apologize for obnoxious behavior at the South Congress Hotel pool: blasting loud music, cursing in front of children, and absolutely losing it when called out.
A woman started filming him, and he called her Rosie O’Donnell and splashed water at her. Hotel security was called, but since Hall left on his own police never entered the equation.
The oddest insult he aimed at another guest, though, I’m still perplexed by (44 seconds in): “Democratic Party. Kiss my a$%.” The whole video, naturally, is ‘NSFW’ so it’s good that many of us are working from home.
According to Hall,
As a result of a misunderstanding and miscommunication between myself and some hotel guests, the situation needlessly and regrettably escalated. “I am deeply sorry for my words and actions and ask for forgiveness from anyone who I may have offended.
The 1980s teen star has had temper issues in the past, serving probation for an altercation with a neighbor in his L.A. condo community in 2016.