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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Breakfast all day at Willa B's!

Midwest style eggs benedict! YUMMM
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Karla MarieIs this just weekends?

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Willa B's Bistro & EmporiumYes......right now just Saturdays

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Laura Heimes-Browni wish it was socially acceptable to lick your plate! !!!!

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Stop in to Willa B's....YUMMMMMMMMM

Gourmet club macaroni and cheese
Egg salad sandwich
Soup DuJour: Smoked chicken and kayle
Sides: coleslaw, oriental cucumber, pasta, beet and carrot
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Willa B's Bistro & Emporium added 2 new photos.

Looking for a Fall gift or gift specifically for that person who loves hunting and fishing? Stop in to see original pheasant designs by Loretta Furry and fish and animal ornaments by Bert Anderson!
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Beyond just skin deep....pretty & nutrient dense!!! Willa B's Bistro & Emporium....you're gonna love our pick this week.

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HARVEST HALLOWEEN! is coming! Join us Saturday, October 29th at 1:00 for the Pig Races!!

Willa B's is sponsoring "Makin' Bacon"-come cheer our piggy on!!!
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Thursday Specials:

Sandwich: honey mustard chicken panini sandwich
Sides: coleslaw, chips, beet and carrot salad, oriental cucumber, and pasta salad
Soup DuJour: New England Clam Chowder
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Wednesday specials:

Sandwich: Italian beet sandwich or egg salad
Soup DuJour: smoked chicken and kale
Sides: coleslaw, chips, beet/carrot salad, kale almond cranberry salad
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Laura Heimes-Brownthat soup is so good.

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Join our new membership club for specials offers, discounts, and updates!!

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Harvest Halloween Dance - Live Bands & Costume Party

Oct 29, 7:00pm

The Brewery

Back by Popular Demand The Rude Band rocks the house with Jade Monkey Band ~ both bands battle it out ALL NIGHT LONG!

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Downtown Yankton Trick or Treat

Oct 29, 11:00am

Harvest Halloween hosts Downtown Yankton's Trick or Treat Saturday October 29th 11am - 1pm. Join in all the festival's family-fun activities during the Harvest Halloween event.

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Be one of the FIRST 10 customers and receive a FREE insulated Willa B's coffee mug filled with your choice of coffee!

20% off in the Emporium!
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Willa B's opened ONE YEAR AGO TODAY!!!!!

Stop in for 30% off in the Emporium! From 1-5 enjoy free coffee and treats!

Todays Specials:

Sandwich: Grilled cheese and heirloom tomatoes (last of the season)
Soup DuJour: Chili Soup
Sides: Coleslaw, chips, cucumbers and cream, tomatoe salad, and sweet potatoe salad
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Willa B's has something new! Join our "texting club" and receive offers and updates only our members will receive! All you need to do to join is:

Text "WILLA215" and enter code 51660

As a new member you will receive a text for $2 off a purchase of $10.00 or more!!!
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We have a variety of Himalayan salt bowls, lamps, and candle holders at Willa B's Bistro & Emporium! Come check them out!
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Wednesday Specials
Sandwich: pastrami and swiss
Sides: Coleslaw, chips, tomatoe cucumber salad, sweet potatoe salad
Soup DuJour: Green been mushroom almondine
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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