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Chateau adds the Strip-side rooftop Beer Park to its perfect party

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Element Hospitality partners Steve Kennedy and Jon Spadafora.
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Things have a way of coming together at Chateau. The music’s just right, the crowd’s always happy and the Paris Las Vegas nightclub’s Strip views from the roof allow you to observe a greater party while celebrating in private.

It’s all very similar to the way the pieces fit together for Element Hospitality, the company that’s been operating Chateau for the past two years. Co-owners Steve Kennedy (a veteran of the Light Group and Tao Group) and Jon Spadafora (who has worked in nightlife at the Borgata in Atlantic City and at LAX at Luxor) met in 2007 and found their paths continually crossing. “We became good friends and realized we had complementary styles,” Spadafora says. “Steve is great to bounce ideas off of. He has a different way of looking at things.”

Element’s approach to advancing Chateau has been doubling down on its warm, welcoming service—“taking the intimidation out of nightlife,” Kennedy says—and maximizing its greatest asset: a center-Strip, smack-on-the-Boulevard location. To that end, there’s the Beer Park by Budweiser, a 10,000-square-foot rooftop deck opening January 15 (with a grand opening on the 30th) featuring outdoor grills, food served from roaming carts, picnic tables, 36 taps and more than 100 beer selections.

“Think of it as an engaging, interactive, tailgate-style experience with unique dining, plus DJs with more of a party scene at night,” Kennedy says. “It’s something that has been missing from this part of the Strip.” And it’s only the next step of Chateau’s evolution, with even more fresh, perfectly placed entertainment on the way. Stay tuned.

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