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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Willa B's is pleased to welcome local author Lisa Hare and her novel "No Dogs or Indians" to the Emporium! An excerpt:

"Racisim can linger int he most unexpected places. Smetimes even within yourself. For Clara LaCroix, the past was the place she preferred to dwell. That was where her memories of Boone, and the life they shared resided. But for Joe Black Hawk , the past was a painful mix of a fading heritage he didn't want to lose, and a lifetime of mistakes he'd just as soon forget........"

Stop in an grab your copy of this amazing work!
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Tuesday Specials:
Sandwich: Egg Salad Croissant
Soup DuJour: Chili
Sides: Coleslaw, chips, cucumber salad, beet carrot salad
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Saturday Special:

Chili Dogs!!!

Sides: coleslaw, chips, tomatoe basil soup, cucumber salad

Soup DuJour: Chili
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Root Beer Floats today at Willa B's during the parade-free icees for the kids!
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Stop by Willa B's during the parade and get a rootbeer float benefitting Anchoring to Hope Paul Taggart Foundation for Suicide Awareness and Survivor Aftercare!

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Don't forget hotdogs today at Willa B's! YUMMMMMMM
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Hot Dogs.....get your hot dogs at Willa B's tomorrow all day!!! Chef will also have all the fixins ready to make your hot dog just the way you like it!

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Wayne State College is collecting shoes for their suicide awareness event starting Sunday on their campus. They are in desparate need of shoes so Willa B's will be collecting shoes until Saturday at 2:00.

Drop off a pair of shoes and receive 20% in the Emporium.

Thanks for helping us support Wayne State!
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Stop by Willa B's during the parade and get a rootbeer float benefitting Anchoring to Hope Paul Taggart Foundation for Suicide Awareness and Survivor Aftercare! ... See MoreSee Less

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Hot Dogs.....get your hot dogs at Willa B's tomorrow all day!!! Chef will also have all the fixins ready to make your hot dog just the way you like it! ... See MoreSee Less

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Thursday Specials at Willa B's:

BBQ pulled pork sandwich topped with coleslaw and a side of watermelon: 7.00

Sides: Coleslaw, chips, tomatoe cucumber salad, watermelon

Soup DuJour: Vegetable beef
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Laura Heimes-Brownthat was so good! !

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Stop by Willa B's Friday for the Homecoming Parade and grab a hotdog and chips for 4.00! Anchoring to Hope Paul Taggart Foundation for Suicide Awareness and Survivor Aftercare will be serving rootbeer floats for 3.00!
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Willa B's was lucky to be included on Yankton: Capitol for a Day! Very nice to welcome Governor Daugaard, First Lady Daugaard, Lieutenant Governor Michels, First Lady Michels! Thank you for stopping in to Willa B's!!!! ... See MoreSee Less

Wednesday Willa B's Specials:

Sandwich: Cuban (YUM)
Soup DuJour: Cabbage Stew
Sides: Coleslaw, chips, potatoe salad, or heirloom tomatoe cucumber
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Donna Jean YonkeThe cabbage stew is delicious!!

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Laura Heimes-Brownperfect lunch with my husband. great food friendly people great music life is good

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Jennifer BolligHad the potato salad yesterday! Was to die for!

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FOR SALE:

As a result of our remodel, we have:

**a beautiful antique case we have no room for :( It is approximately 8 feet long with two glass shelves for 850.00.

**wire greeting card racks-6 feet tall
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Drew DelvauxThis is a gorgeous piece!

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Jamie Holler Van WinkleLike it!

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Cheryl BeckLooks awesone

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Judy K Foxley RyanLove it!!!

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Willa B's Bistro & EmporiumMore tables and better use of space! Took some time but feel great about it! Thank you loyal customers and new ones to come!

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Heather FillausThat looks fabulous!

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Jennifer BolligCan't wait

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Laura Heimes-Browngreat job! see you Wednesday!

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Willa Bs is going into a remodel starting tomorrow afternoon to add tables for my sis the amazing Chef Rikka! Like I tell folks I burn water not kidding. She is an amazing talent that makes me speechless at times! I always say " how did you think that up?". Amazing Chef! But if she isn't available I'll make you a mean pb and j! Lol ... See MoreSee Less

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Cheryl BeckCan't wait to see the new look

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Jennifer BolligAwesome!

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Just a reminder:

If you are interested in joining "Third Street Foodies & Finery Dinner Club" starting again in January 2017, please let us know as soon as possible.

We only have 12 spots left. We hope to have some new faces join us for the fun we have during these monthly dinners!
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Friday Specials!

BBQ porkloin sandwhich
Deviled egg and ham salad sandwich
Soup DuJour: Roasted carrot ginger
Sides: Coleslaw, pasta salad, or chips
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Just arrivd at Willa Bs beautiul handmade paper lumnaries by artist Ealine McNeil!
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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.

     

     

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    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