minchidoria from Wanoma Izakaya in Vancouver B.C.
"Over the years, I've felt that Chicago's sushi and Japanese offerings were a little diluted, with a few exceptions," said Steven Song, the owner of the new Masu Sushi (1969 N. Halsted, no phone yet) slated to open the first week of March. The name comes from the wooden, cubicle cups Japanese restaurants serve their sake in. Song was the owner of Tsunami, a large sushi restaurant on Dearborn that closed last year. He's taken over the former Minnie's space in Lincoln Park, and is planning to introduce Chicago to its first true izakaya. "Everybody was jumping on the bandwagon, but that sense of the Japanese aesthetic wasn't there," said Song.