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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Laura GrosethWhat's for lunch??

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GET YOUR HOTDOGS-GET YOUR HAMBURGERS! 3.00 for a hotdog and chips OR a hand pattied burger and chips for 6.00!!!! ... See MoreSee Less

YUM!!!!!!! Stop in for a Shiner Strawberry Blonde! ... See MoreSee Less

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Kicking off the Memorial Day weekend with some outdoor grilling done Willa B's style!!!! Stop by for a hot dog and a bag of chips for 5.00 OR a hand pattied burger and a bag of chips for 8.00!!! ... See MoreSee Less

Special...Cranberry Almond Smoked Chicken Salad Sandwich
Soup...Veggie beef
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Special...Pickley Ham Salad Sandwich
Soup..Kale and Beef
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Special..Club Sandwich
Soup..Chamagne Mushroom
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Second Annual Poker Run and Anchored by the Mighty Mo Music Fest

Jul 29, 11:00am

Paul Taggart Foundation

SAVE THE DATE! Details, website, and online ordering will start next week! This is going to be an amazing day of fun benefitting a great cause!

Kyler TieszenI sadly can't make it this year 😢. That is the day of my brothers wedding reception in Pierre.

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Paul Taggart FoundationWe are going to miss you Kyler!!!! BUT the wedding will be a blast!

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Special..Turkey panini with mango - strawberry chutney with blue cheese spread and arugula
Soup..Chicken Rice
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Special..Chicken BLT
Soup..Asparagus and mushroom bisque
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Special..Egg salad
Soup..Asparagus potato
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Just in! Funkwerks Tropic King Imperial Saison Ale! Notes of passion fruit, mango, peach, and spices. Stop in and try this sour beer! ... See MoreSee Less

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Donna Midge Modereger StengleI'm excited too! 😂

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Tammy MatuskaCongratulations, can't wait to see the new place!

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Special...Fresh egg salad on homemade white
Soup..Potato onion
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Special..roast pork loin on top of braised red cabbage
Soup..Borscht..(beet soup)
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Special..Smoked turkey veggie wrap
Soup..Cream chicken rice
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Special..Fresh spinach, bacon and tomato with Swiss panini
Soup..Creamy asparagus
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Special...Honey Dijon Ham and Cheese panini
Soup..Chicken & Jasmine Rice
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Special..Veggie avocado wrap served panini style
Soup..Southwest Tomato
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Special...Chicken bacon blue cheese panini
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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