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Flowers adorn the walkways at the Encore Boston Harbor casino in Everett on Friday. The Wynn Resorts casino is scheduled to officially open to the public on Sunday, June 23. (Charles Krupa/AP)
Flowers adorn the walkways at the Encore Boston Harbor casino in Everett on Friday. The Wynn Resorts casino is scheduled to officially open to the public on Sunday, June 23. (Charles Krupa/AP)

What do you get when you cross Boston with Las Vegas?

A $68 lobster roll, for one thing.

The Vegas-ified version of a signature local dish is just one of many ostentatious offerings at the Encore Boston Harbor resort and casino, which opened its doors Friday for highly choreographed press tours ahead of Sunday's public ribbon cutting.

Casino workers listen during a news conference near the gaming floor at the Encore Boston Harbor casino on Friday. (Charles Krupa/AP)
Casino workers listen during a news conference near the gaming floor at the Encore Boston Harbor casino on Friday. (Charles Krupa/AP)

Chef Taylor Kearney listed some of the lavish ingredients piled atop a pound-and-a-half of lobster meat: "Black truffle aioli, tons of shaved black truffle, black truffle zest, gold leaf, beautiful osetra caviar."

Kearney said the brioche roll is "amazing," by the way.

For two hours, Encore's executive vice president of operations, Brian Gullbrants, led reporters down marble-and-gold hallways — dotted with ATMs and scratch-ticket vending machines — through slot parlors and restaurants, and even into the "chairman's villa," the resort's top-line hotel suite that starts at $15,000 per night.

A woman walks past a giant Popeye sculpture by artist Jeff Koons displayed in a corridor at the Encore Boston Harbor casino. (Charles Krupa/AP)
A woman walks past a giant Popeye sculpture by artist Jeff Koons displayed in a corridor at the Encore Boston Harbor casino. (Charles Krupa/AP)

The villa, like each of Encore's 671 guest rooms, is equipped with an Amazon Echo device, featuring the personal assistant, Alexa.

Unlike the MGM Springfield casino, which opened last summer and aimed to blend in with its surroundings, Encore is designed to feel like an escape.

"It's hard to believe we're still in Boston, isn't it?" Gullbrants said, after showing off a carousel adorned with 83,000 flowers, some of which are real. "Actually, it's hard to believe we're in Everett."

A ornamental floral carousel is displayed in the lobby of the Encore Boston Harbor casino. (Charles Krupa/AP)
A ornamental floral carousel is displayed in the lobby of the Encore Boston Harbor casino. (Charles Krupa/AP)

Publicists told journalists in advance that no photography or video recording would be allowed. Wynn Resorts would supply all images.

It would have been difficult to capture clear pictures inside the Memoire nightclub, anyway. Though the dance floor was empty, Encore turned on the smoke machine and cranked up the music, for effect.

The cover charge at Memoire is $40 — not exactly a cheap night out. But visitors willing to shell out on Thursday can party with a special guest DJ: Shaquille O'Neal, who played his final NBA season in Boston.

This segment aired on June 22, 2019.

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Callum covers the Greater Boston business community for Bostonomix.

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