Just when I thought Aldino's had set the record for the quickest closing on record, Metromix reports that Masu Izakaya closed last week, barely four months into its run in Lincoln Park. Before it opened, owner Steven Song told me "Edamame is not going to cut it. We really want to push the boundaries, and we feel the consumer is more accepting these days of new dishes." But the entire concept is based on a convivial, post-work, hearty-drinking crowd, and the dishes should reflect a Japanese aesthetic - hamachi collar, donburi (rice bowls), grilled and fried yakitori. I had a pretty good meal there before they got their liquor license, but noticed plenty of Lincoln Park moms ordering spicy tuna rolls, and knew that wasn't a good sign. I'm still waiting for Chizakaya to open up on Lincoln Avenue - I hear they've assembled a killer sake list - but construction/permit delays keep pushing back the opening. Oysy and Izakaya Hapa downtown claim to be true izakayas, but they're not even close. For the real deal, gotta head to Vancouver or New York City I'm afraid.