By Ken MacLeod

BOSTON (CBS) – A North End restaurant is selling a $3,000 hamburger, and it is not the cut of the meat you’re paying for, but the ring that comes with it.

Paul Barker is a third generation sandwich savant whose staff at Pauli’s specializes in creative, upscale offerings.

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“Crazy but good,” said Pauli’s owner Paul Barker. “I think it’s in my DNA.”

Things like the “Jamaican Me Crazy”, the “Fat Felix” and the “Pauli-Tician.”

But if you bring your significant other there on Valentine’s Day, you might be interested in buying them the “Big Boy Burger” for $3,000.

Big Boy Burger at Pauli’s in the North End (WBZ-TV)

“This time we thought we’d go inside the box,” Barker said.

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With 48 hours’ notice to make a jewelry store run, Pauli’s will plant that sparkling ring squarely on your partner’s buns.

“It’s the Big Boy Burger proposal,” Barker said. “Nothing says ‘I love you’ like a ring with barbecue sauce dripping down your arm right?”

With just a week before the big day, Paul is hoping the combo of ice and bacon will entice a handful of sandwich shop romantics to hop on-board.

The burger features a 7/8 carat princess cut, Neil Lane engagement ring, framed by round diamonds and a 14k gold band.

“No confirmed orders, but there’s a couple of very interested people,” Barker said.

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Just think even if your honey’s answer is “no” they’ll still get a really good burger.

Ken MacLeod