These are the 15 bars and restaurants opening at Encore Boston Harbor next month
A new piece of the Encore Boston enigma has been revealed.
Although Wynn Resorts has not yet posted any information on its website about the location’s dining options, documents filed by Wynn Resorts with the state’s gaming commission on Monday show a complete list of the 15 bars and restaurants that are planning to open in the Encore Boston Harbor casino in Everett. (The casino is anticipated to open in less than two months, on June 23.)
The list includes a steakhouse, two Italian restaurants, a craft beer garden, a sports bar, a nightclub, a Vegas-style buffet, and — of course — a Dunkin’.
Here’s the full list of restaurants and bars and what type of establishment each is, according to Wynn’s documents:
• Rare (steakhouse)
• Sinatra (Italian)
• Mystique (Asian/fusion)
• Waterfront (craft beer)
• Oyster Bar (raw bar)
• Bru (cafe)
• Red 8 (Asian)
• Fratelli (Italian)
• The Buffet (buffet)
• Dunkin’ (coffee/donuts)
• Garden Cafe (cafe)
• Garden Lounge (lounge)
• On Deck (sports bar)
• Memoire (nightclub)
• Center Bar (bar)
Several of the establishments have roots in the Boston area.
For example, two prominent North End restaurateurs — Frank DePasquale of Bricco and Nick Varano of Strega — are behind Fratelli, which is Italian for “brothers.” (The two previously said that they have been friends for more than 30 years.) The restaurant will seat 135 people off the main gambling floor in the 3 million-square-foot hotel and casino, the Globe’s Mark Arsenault reported last summer.
The menu at Fratelli, the first local restaurant partnership between DePasquale and Varano, will include brick-oven pizza and calzones, panini sandwiches and burgers, homemade pasta, and grilled meats and seafood.
“We want our resort to be part of the personality and culture of the region when we open, which is something these two North End icons help us achieve instantly,” said Robert DeSalvio, president of Encore Boston Harbor, at the time.
Meanwhile, Big Night Entertainment Group — known for The Grand in the Seaport, Red Lantern in Back Bay, CBS Sporting Club at Patriot Place, and Shrine at Foxwoods — is also behind Mystique and the Memoire nightclub.
Memoire will feature an 8,000 square-foot space that can accommodate up to 650 people, including 20 VIP bottle tables, according to BNEG’s website, with decor in “gold, plush and leather accents, hand blown glass chandeliers, and custom marble tables.” There will also be a mezzanine level to overlook the dance floor, as well as a “state-of-the-art custom theatrical LED chandelier” and a giant LED wall that “provides constant visual eye candy for the evening.”
Meanwhile, Mystique, a 16,400 square-foot space that can accommodate 450 guests, will feature decor seeking to transport customers “on a mystical journey thru Asia,” according to BNEG’s website. The menu will feature “carefully crafted robata, sushi selections, cocktails and an array of dishes that put a modern spin on traditional pan-Asian delicacies.”
Although little information is available on the casino’s website, company officials have divulged information on some of the restaurants in recent weeks.
On the casual side, On Deck Burger Bar will serve local beers, milkshakes, and burgers against a backdrop of 33 75-inch televisions and a panoramic view of the casino floor, according to the Globe’s Kara Baskin.
The restaurant, which will be situated on the mezzanine balcony near Memoire, will span 3,800 square feet, and the menu features a bacon cheeseburger salad, cheese steak tater tots, powdered wings, lobster rolls, and Impossible Meat veggie burgers and meatball sliders, according to a statement from Encore. Plus, local breweries like Night Shift, Lord Hobo, Cisco, and Jack’s Abby will be on draft.
“On Deck Burger Bar delivers an approachable and exciting atmosphere with dishes that our guests recognize and others that offer a bit of a twist, featuring a blend of traditional classics and unique takes on sports bar fare, all with a familiar New England feel,” said Joseph Leibowitz, executive chef at Encore Boston Harbor.
Red 8, which will be helmed by chef Ivan Yuen and located on the south gaming floor of the casino, will feature authentic Chinese dishes that blend the flavors of China with Western technique, according to a statement from company officials.
Although there isn’t much information about the buffet’s offerings, the Wynn Resorts buffet in Las Vegas is known as one of the best in Sin City, with a high price point ($53 for a weekend dinner), lavish floral decorations, and more than 120 dishes offered. The Boston Harbor casino also posted a teaser video on Facebook last year, showing a variety of the bite-sized treats that will likely be offered on the dessert table. A statement from the company said the buffet in Boston will be “an exclusive all-you-can-eat experience, with live stations, beautiful displays and accomplished chefs preparing dishes from around the world.”
And Rare has been described as an upscale steakhouse featuring waterfront views and the “most unique steak program in New England,” according to a statement from Encore.
The casino is set to open next month after the Massachusetts Gaming Commission affirmed that Wynn Resorts is fit to run a casino in the state, after investigating for more than a year how the company handled sexual misconduct accusations against its founder and former CEO, Steve Wynn. The commission fined the company $35 million and CEO Matt Maddox $500,000.
So will the casino actually open on June 23 as scheduled? Arsenault writes that while construction should be done with time to spare, a workforce of more than 5,000 still has to be fully hired and trained. Plus, the company and state officials have a mountain of regulatory requirements to complete before the doors can open.
The company has bought land around the casino site for future development, and is working with the city on a number of transportation proposals, including a pedestrian bridge over the Mystic River to the Assembly Orange line stop, as well as potential Silver Line and commuter rail stops, the Globe previously reported.
The resort did open reservations for its 671 hotel rooms (567 standard and 104 suites) earlier this spring, with rooms starting at $645 per night (though it you want a suite, prepare to pony up $1,245 to $2,650).
Mark Arsenault of the Globe staff and Globe correspondent Kara Baskin contributed to this report.