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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Dude Looks Like a Lady Men's Beauty Contest

Mar 11, 6:30pm

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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, Cole Larson, Jon Moser, Mike Kostal, Matt Hoxeng, and Chris Stibral MC: Randy Hammer Judges: Doug Pesicka, Mollie Grey, and Scarlette McNealey 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

Willa Bs will be closed the rest of week reopening next Tuesday due to Chef Rikka being taken by a terrible bug. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. Hoping to have her back on the mend soon. Thank you ... See MoreSee Less

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Willa Bs is closed today due to an under th weather Chef. We apologize for any inconvenience ... See MoreSee Less

Wednesday Specials:.
Sandwich:. Pastrami and Swiss panini
Soup:. Chicken vegetable soup
Sides: coleslaw, cous cous, potato salad, chips, soup
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Chef lives in the country and roads haven't been sanded yet so she isn't going to risk it. This cuts into her prep time to make her menu from fresh ingredients, so we will be closed today returning tomorrow. Thank you ... See MoreSee Less

Next month's Third Street Foodies & Finery will be taking an adventure into Cuban cuisine!! Still room to join! Call or message us to reserve your spot! So much fun! ... See MoreSee Less

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Next round of Third Street Foodies & Finery Dinner Club starts tonight!!! ... See MoreSee Less

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Dave BrownLooking forward to a fantastic meal!

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Dave BrownWhat an amazing evening! Wonderful food!

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Thursday Specials:
Seafood tacos
Soup DuJour: cheesey ham beer potato
Sides: coleslaw, chips, potato salad, brussel sprout salad
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Ben AndersonI think u need to have seafood tacos on Saturday as well!

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Laura Heimes-BrownAt least on my day off!

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Wednesday Willa B's Specials:
Salad: Chicken Caesar
Soup DuJour: Chili
Sides: coleslaw, potato salad, coup, chips, brussel sprouts
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THERE'S STILL A FEW SPOTS LEFT for Third Street Foodies and Finery!!! Call for details to join the club! Starts this Saturday, January 14th 6-9! 689.1002 ... See MoreSee Less

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Tuesday Specials:
Sandwich: Egg salad wrap
Soup DuJour: Veggie and beef
Sides: coleslaw, brussel sprout salad, soup, or chips
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Don't forget in addition to our lunch menu, Chef serves breakfast ALL DAY on Saturdays! Thirsty?? Grab a SD Martini ... See MoreSee Less

Friday specials:

Sandwiches: veggie wrap or monte cristo with boysenberry sauce
Sides: coleslaw, chips, pasta salad, brussel sprout salad, soup
Soup DuJour: Power veggie
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Tuna salad wrap

Chicken vegetable

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Wednesday Specials:
Stuffed grape leaves--whole onlly: $8.00
Soup DuJour: chicken rice
Sides: coleslaw, pasta, salad, chips, soup
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We will be bringing back Teezers when the weather warms up and folks can enjoy the outdoor seating and longer daylight hours! For now, we will be discontinuing Friday night Teezers.due to lack of participation.......Thanks for those who attended!!! ... See MoreSee Less

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Laura Heimes-BrownI will miss my Friday night's. It is so munch fun.

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Desiree AnderbergI loved teezers, my sister and I will be back, can't wait

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Specials today:

Sandwich: chicken bruschetta
Soup DuJour: carrot ginger
Sides: coleslaw, green bean salad, chips, or soup
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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