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Encore Boston Harbor Opens WynnBET Sports Bar, Shake Shack, Frank and Nicks Pizzeria

The Encore Boston Harbor is adding three new dining and drinking options to its guests, with a new sports bar, pizzeria, and burger joint Shake Shack opening in early September.

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission approved alcohol licenses for all three facilities on Thursday.

Everett Casino plans to operate the new WynnBET Sport Bar with more than 100 televisions, including a 30 meter high and 123 meter long video wall, as well as a collection of trophies and other local sports accessories.

The bar, located on the casino floor, will be part of a new sports lounge area under construction, which will also include new gaming facilities, according to Loretta Lillios, director of the investigation and enforcement bureau.

The commission approved an expansion of Encore’s beverage license to operate a full-service bar at WynnBET and granted beer and wine licenses to Shake Shack – a popular burger chain – and Frank and Nick’s Pizzeria.

Frank and Nick’s is run by well-known Boston restaurateurs Frank DePasquale and Nick Varano, who already run Fratelli at Wynn’s own casino on the Mystic River. Shake Shack and Frank and Nick’s food will also be available through the bar, offering a late night alternative for players looking for something other than a meal to sit down or dunkin ‘on.

“That sounds like great news when it comes to new job opportunities too,” said Cathy Judd-Stein, Chair of the Gaming Commission. Lillios said the goal is to open all three facilities over Labor Day weekend on Saturday, September 4th, despite the casino’s website listing the following Saturday, September 11th, as the opening date.

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