Willa B's Bistro & Emporium

 

Welcome to Willa B’s Bistro & Emporium

How the Willa B’s name came to be!

We are frequently asked “how did you come-up with the name Willa B’s?  Where does it come from?”  The answer to this question is “the business is named after our mother and grandmother Wilma Marie Bierle who was authoring a book under the pen name “Willa B”.

A long time “Yanktonian”, Wilma was a thrifty survivor of the Depression and was a woman ahead of her time working most of her life as a book keeper. She made the best stein’s candy, clam dip, homemade Play Doh ® for the grandkids, and was a fun lover who enjoyed spinning her “platters” (records) and drinking a great martini!

Her door was open to all being the giving person she and our grandfather were.  She believed in forgiveness and second chances.  She was known as “Wilma”, “Willie”, “Aunt Willie”, and “Will”.  Wilma had the warmest heart, smile, and she loved her family!  We will always remember her love, kindness, and funny side!  So hats off to “Willa B”!

 

Our Mission Statement

We believe there are a lot of local talent and we’d like to provide a venue for these emerging artists who wish to enrich the Yankton and surrounding areas by displaying in local space. We also want to share our artist’s palate with you in our Bistro. The focus is fresh food and fresh ideas. Drawing from locally sourced foods, as well as foreign fare we want to offer a culinary experience  with intriguing combinations in a relaxed setting right downtown in the historical district.

 

Aspire to Inspire

“No great artist ever sees things as they really are. If he did, he would cease to be an artist.”

Oscar Wilde

 

 

 

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Did you know Willa B's will still be carrying artwork and will focus to promote area arts? ... See MoreSee Less

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Donna LauerJessi Koch?

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Kellie RammTime for me to create!!

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Pete Moore walking the tightrope helping us paint!! ... See MoreSee Less

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Look at all the outdoor space we will have for seating! The City did an amazing job on the new bump outs!!! Going to be beautiful!!! ... See MoreSee Less

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Zeke MatthewsFinally outdoor seating in this town! 👌🏻❤️

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Donna LauerWhere is your new location?

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Craig SommerLooks great! Can't wait for an outdoor coffee!

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Boomers Yankton👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻

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Julie JansenThis is fabulous! When?

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Willa B's will have a long single seating lunch counter facing the Chef, so you can watch her in action?
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Willa B's Bistro & EmporiumWe are coming back bigger and better! Please post regarding our questions!

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Laura Heimes-BrownWe just want to see your friendly faces.

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Kaye Logan O'NealThe blue sky and the yellow sun. I don't know if this is a style thing...the ratio of seating to art, more seating than art.

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Zeke MatthewsIt would be awesome if it were cozy colors like dark green, maroon/burgundy and wood accents/pallet board wall. Cabin fever! 😝 I miss the best coffee around town, can't wait for the re-open!

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Cheryl L OttoI love the dark green/burgundy colors as well.

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Jeannine EvansYellow red Tuscany

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Melissa CukaGolds, grays, silver, and linens...luxuriously cozy yet not intimidating.

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Tonya Kocer LeydenI picture the tomato bisque and then get hungry 🍅🍅

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Gene FullerYou don't want to pick colors of what people think you're restaurant should be you want to pick colors that are going to make people sit in the seats eat your food enjoy the experience. I can't tell you how many times I've seen local restaurants fail with poor color schemes remember the restaurant a few years ago that opened up behind Wendy's it's now the Mexican restaurant but it was an Italian restaurant at the time and their colors are white and blue and the blue went up to a certain level on the wall and it made you feel like you how to keep your head above water.

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Willa B's Bistro & EmporiumAnswer: We are using the same color scheme as the original Willa B's! Look at the signage out front....reds, warm tans, greens, and some blues with metallics....Very restful and inviting!!! Thanks to all who responded!!!!!

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Dawn PesickaOh hell ladies. Go purple like you crazy fun personalities 💜😀

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Drew DelvauxCan't wait for the reopening!

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Laura Heimes-BrownIt's been a long summer. ..

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Janna Metz BinderCan't wait to see what you come up with!!!

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Lori MohlenhoffWe can't wait until you are open! We're excited to have you for neighbors at L. Lenae designs & floral!

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Anchoring to Hope Paul Taggart Foundation is proud to announce offering "Anchoring to Hope Suicide Bereavement Group" beginning Monday, September 18th at 6:30 PM. Details for the Suicide Bereavement Group are as follows: **Support group for Adults who have experienced suicide **Every other week on Monday nights from 7-8:30 **This is an open group-no "real" start or end date-meaning come when you can **Starts September 18th and runs Sept 18, Oct 2, Oct 16, Oct 30, Nov 6 **Location in Yankton--Vision Real Estate Board Room **Screening will occur before the group so new members come 30 minutes early (6:30) **No cost to attend the group The Group is being facilitated by (2) Licensed Counselors who have attended specialized training in Suicide Bereavement at the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. If you have questions or would like more information, please contact me at paultaggartfoundation@gmail.com or 605.660.2865, or PM me. We hope these services will help those who has experienced the horrific tragedy of suicide.

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We are almost officially moved out of the building! Just a few items left and some cleaning to do. Gonna miss being on third street-what a great location to get our start! Stay tuned as we move forward with our new location on Second and Douglas!! ... See MoreSee Less

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Jenn Lee ConradYou have to post when you're open at new location, I'm dying for your delicious food

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Dave BrownNo skeletons at least!

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Packing packing packing! Got the keys to our new space today! Stay tuned.
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Janet SchulteLooks like fun we did that a year ago

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Tracie RaeCan't wait to have my writing space back! 😊😊

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Roy ReichleWish I'd seen this earlier. I went there for lunch today--but it was closed. Sigh.

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Laura Heimes-BrownWe miss you so much.

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Amy S. PetrikWhy are you moving from the prime location?

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Willa B's last day for our current location is TOMORROW Thursday, July 27th.....stop in for a sandwich or a chance to purchase artwork at 40% off!

We will keep everyone posted on our progress over the next couple months as we build our new location spot!!!!!

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Dave BrownGoing through withdrawals until we can dine again at the new Willa B's!

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Willa B's Bistro & EmporiumWe love you and Laura so much we will keep you infrormed

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Special today is a fresh egg salad sandwich with bacon lettuce and tomato!
Soup today is our house tomato basil
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Boating? Camping? Live out at the lake area? Want to attend the Mighty Mo' Music Fest at The Landing but don't want to risk the drive? Jump on our school bus at the Marina at 5:30 and get a ride home after the event!!!! A free will donation will be taken....Let's have fun and most importantly-let's be SAFE!!!!! Come join us Saturday for an AWESOME concert featuring The Confidentials!!!

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Willa B's will be featured on "Monday Munchies" tomorrow!!! We start filming with Vanessa Gomez at 4:45 for four two minute segments! Tune in to watch us during out last week in the original Willa B's!

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DebbieandSteve DeuschleJust saw the segments on KSFY!!! Just love your delicious food! Can't wait for your new location!!!

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Laura Heimes-BrownI saw two segments. Looking good. I Really like your soup

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Whitney DevineYou guys did great this morning! I wanted to reach into the my screen and grab that turkey pig!

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    We’re Open!

    Willa B’s is officially open! Stop in for some delicious food and coffee made fresh by Chef Rikka while checking out all of the amazing artists in our emporium!

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    Willa B's Bistro & Emporium

    Bistro Menu

    Tasty!

    Please feel free to download and view our menu. Enjoy a unique blend of delectable cuisine from chef Rikka! This menu is ever changing so please check back often for revisions.
    Everything on the menu is prepared fresh daily, from the homemade muffins, gourmet salads, sides,tasty sandwiches to the cookies on the shelf. Quality is our focus, and we will not compromise!

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    Meet The Chef

    Chef Erica Kostal

    Chef Erica graduated culinary school in 1995.  From there she ventured out into the culinary world working for a large variety of restaurants.

    She started out with Marriot Corporations then moved to Sioux Falls to work for the wild game king Chef Christopher Ray and also helping Chef Ray with cooking competitions for Bon Appetite Magazine working side by side with some of the best Chefs in the country.

    She then went to work for Domonique Fontinelle at Theo’s and the Washington Pavilion where she had the opportunity to learn French cuisine and also be a chef to famous people performing at the pavilion.

    She also worked for Kaladis in Sioux Falls and learned proper coffee skills from Baristas out of Wisconsin and Minnesota’s Alterra Coffee Companies and was head Chef as well.

    Her last adventure before starting up Willa B’s was with Avera Mckennans Cancer Institute where she was Lead Chef helping begin the Quarry Bistro & Star Bucks Coffee café.

     

     

    Discover our fantastic

    Emporium

    Welcome Artists!

    We are always looking for original art from artists in this region for the Emporium. We invite you to submit an application and samples of your art for consideration for our retail Emporium!

    We are looking for (but not limited to):

    Original Paintings/Drawings*Photography*Textile Art*Pottery and Ceramics*Wood Carving Sculptures*Jewelry*Toys and Games*Children’s Items*Paper Works (Art Cards, Note Cards, Calendars, Hand Bound Books)*Glasswork*Metal Work*Traditional Art

    To Apply:

    Send an email of inquiry to info@willabsyankton.com indicating your interest in submitting your artwork for consideration and request for an application. Or contact the Emporium at 605.660.2865 to request a mailed version.

    Art is considered for the Emporium on an ongoing basis. Artists will be notified if their work is selected for inventory and should be prepared to provide the work soon after.


    Other Willa B’s Artists we’ll be updating soon



    Linda Szabo “Soldier Woman”
    Linda L.D. Pokorski
    Joe Reinart “Double R-Art”
    Mike Marshall
    Marian Henjum
    Jan Zallar
    Callie “Handmade Leather Goods”
    Suzie Cappa


    Shaina Hargens
    Silver Creations
    Dan Bartos
    Marlene Kostal
    Heidi Shrag
    Lindsey Mettler
    Chelsea Kathol
    Jem Leather

    Beautiful art coupled with amazing food right downtown lovely Yankton in the historical district, what are you waiting for?

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    Whether inquiries about having an art show or calling in to see what the lunch specials are, we would be happy to help  you.

     

    Hours:
    Tuesday – Friday 7:30 am – 5:30 pm, Saturdays 8:30 am – 2:00 pm