Lynden's Homestead country club to get new restaurants

Two new restaurants are opening in May at the Homestead Golf & Country Club in Lynden.

Steakhouse 9, under the direction of executive chef Joseph Merkling, will open on May 15. Its menu will feature a variety of steaks, as well as prime rib, lamb, pork chops, chicken, halibut, albacore tuna and seafood fettuccine Alfredo.

Merkling, a graduate of the California Culinary Academy in San Francisco, has served as a chef in several local restaurants, including the Bellwether Harborside Bistro and the Scotty Browns Restaurant in Barkley Village.

Bistro 9, which will feature burgers, sandwiches, salads, seafood and pizza, as well as beer, wine and spirits, will open on May 6.

Both restaurants are located above the golf course’s clubhouse at 115 E. Homestead Blvd., and owned by Rick Kildall, his fiancée Wendy Cimoch, and David and Tracy Frear of Lynden. When the previous operation closed at the end of 2012, the new ownership group signed a lease and began remodeling in January

“We’re all foodies,” Kildall said, in a press release. “When this location became available, we wanted to fill a north-county void so local residents wouldn’t have to travel far for a great steakhouse.”

Steakhouse 9 will be open from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., Wednesdays through Sundays. More information is online at

Bistro 9 will be open daily from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Homestead Golf & Country Club also has banquet and special-event facilities available for reservation, including the Ballroom, with a capacity of 150 people, and the Loft, designed for smaller, private gatherings, with a capacity of 40.

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