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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Special today..Sirloin Salad with pesto dressing
Soup..Southwest Corn Chowder
sides..slaw, salted radish, chips or soup
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Willa B's Bistro & Emporium added 2 new photos.

Stop in for an omelette flipped to perfection by our very Connor Stotz in training!!!
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Kellie RammWhat a lucky young man! Being trained by the one and only chef rikka!!

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Special of the day...Dijon Ham and Swiss
Soup..Seafood chowder
Sides..slaw, veggie salad, chips, soup or side salad
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Special of the day..BBQ pork loin with slaw
Soup of the day..Veggie Beef
Sides..slaw, veggie salad, house salad, chips or soup
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Special of the day...Cranberry almond chicken salad on wheat
Soup.. seafood chowder
Sides..slaw, veggie salad, potato salad chips or soup
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Linda Wensel Richards, Becky Souchek and 1 other like this

Laura Heimes-Brownyum add a piece of cheesecake to the deal heavenly

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Jen PetersenI LOVED todays veggie salad!

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Willa B's Bistro & EmporiumThank you Jen!!!

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special today..roast beef with horsey sauce
soup..pork and bean
sides..slaw, potato salad, pasta salad, chips or soup
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Today's special..Veggie cream cheese panini
Soup..Broccoli Champagne
Sides..slaw, potato salad, pasta salad, chips or soup
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Willa B's Bistro & Emporium added 2 new photos.

Stop in to Willa Bs for beautiful photos of Yankton in card or magnet form by Yankton artists Sharon Koller and Paul Harens. Lots to choose from!
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Willa B's Bistro & Emporium shared Paul Taggart Foundation's event.

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Dude Looks Like a Lady Men's Beauty Contest

Mar 11, 6:30pm

Minerva's Grill & Bar

Get ready for a lots of laughs and a great time at the First Annual Dude Looks Like a Lady Beauty Contest! Our Dudes will compete in the following categories: street wear, swimwear, evening gown, and talent! YOU the audience will decide who wins "Miss Anchoring to Hope 2017"! "Miss Anchoring to Hope" will serve as the Foundation's ambassador appearing at events such as riding in a float at the 2017 Riverboat Days parade! Contestants: Lance Corbit, Jon Moser, Mike Kostal, Matt Hoxeng, and Chris Stibral MC: Randy Hammer Judges: Doug Pesicka and Scarlette McNealey Mandy Marie Maddox Vicki Breeman and Tara Gill Tickets: 35.00 per person. Includes show and heavy appetizers. VIP seating available. Tickets available at Willa B's 215 West Third Street, Yankton, or message the site for delivery Cash Bar

Special today February 15th...Smoked turkey with green pepper preserve and cream cheese panini
Soup of the day...Bacon white cheddar dill
Sides...slaw, potato salad, chips or house side salad
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Special today...Ribbon Sandwiches..egg salad, ham salad, tuna salad layered on bread..
Soup..Beef consume with dumplings
Sides slaw, radish salad, house side salad or chips
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Today's special....Tuna melt with fresh sprouts and tomatoes
Sides..slaw, daikon radish salad, chips or house salad
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Todays special....Chicken Cordon Bleu Panini
Soup...Turnip and Ham
Sides...slaw, daikon radish salad, or house salad
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Laura Heimes-BrownThe n top it off with a piece of delicious cheese cake.....the perfect lunch

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Tuesday specials
Veggie egg bake panini with dill cheddar cheese
Soup DuJour: potato dill
Sides: coleslaw, Daikon radish salad, fruity rice
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Wednesday Specials:
sandwich: smoked turkey rhubarb strawberry Brie panini
Soup DuJour: ham and bean
Sides: coleslaw, cous cous,tomato salad,soup,or chips
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Deborah Hopfinger, Paula Bierle and 4 others like this

Brenda Nelson SpencerThe soup was delicious!

4 weeks ago

Sharon EhrhartLoved the sandwich and soup today!!!

4 weeks ago

Dawn PesickaYummy why am I not In town....

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Tuesday specials
bacon chicken Caesar wrap
soup du jour is bacon spinach
sides slaw veggie cous cous potato salad
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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


    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!

    Click To View The Menu!

    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


    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.


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