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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Vintage style homemade handpainted and decorated Christmas cookies! A special treat from yester year. ... See MoreSee Less

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Willa B's is now taking orders for homemade cheesecakes for Xmas! Call now to reserve a delicious New York style dessert to share with friends and family! Leave the cooking to us!

Topped with fresh fruit: 50.00
Without fruit: 45.00

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Don't forget.......Friday night TEEZERS 40's style tonight at Willa B's from 5-8 ... See MoreSee Less


Sandwich: shrimp salad sandwich
SoupDuJour: squash medley
Sides: coleslaw, pickled slaw, veggie salad
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Friday Night "Teezers" will follow an "It's a Wonderful Life" Theme supporting Lewis & Clark Theater's production!

*Porcupine meatballs in mushroom gravy
*Miniature ribbon sandwiches: ham, chicken, or Albacore tuna
*40's crudite: pickles, assorted veggies, celery sticks with olive cream cheese served with ranch
*Clam dip with kettle chips
*Deviled eggs

*Victory cake
*Fruit cocktail Jell-O mold
*California fruit mix
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Ho Ho Ho! Santa just stopped in to Willa B's and bought gift cards to stuff in all the good "big" kids stockngs on his route!!

Gift cards from Willa B's are great because not only can it be used in the Bistro, but it can be used in the Emporium!!
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Stop in to Willa B's for something hot and delicious!

Sandwich: club panini
Soup DuJour: bacon and potato
Sides: coleslaw, pickled slaw, or veggie salad

How about a hot cocoa, latte, or just plain ole cup of joe?
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Don't forget FRIDAY NIGHT TEEZER NIGHT FROM 5-8!!! Stay tuned for this week's "adventure in eating" menu! ... See MoreSee Less

Happy Hump Day!

Sandwich: Mediterranean veggie panini
Side: coleslaw, pickled vegetable slaw, veggie salad
Soup DuJour: chili
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Willa B's Bistro & Emporium added 3 new photos.

Private Party tonight done Willa B's style!
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Jo Kimb, Laura Heimes-Brown and 23 others like this

Donna Jean YonkeWhat an enjoyable evening! You girls did a great job. Thank you!

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Laura Heimes-Brown, Suzanne Preszler and 20 others like this

Elizabeth WrightThose are the cutest cupcakes I've ever seen!!

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Elizabeth WrightAlso, they all remind me of Papa Norm for some reason 😂

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Willa B's Bistro & Emporium added 2 new photos.

Look at what we had for teezer night!
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Laura Heimes-Brown, Michael Dane Metzger and 15 others like this

Carrie McDanielMartee Herman and Nikole Sivinski we need to go sometime soon

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Teresa Flyger ParletThat looks amazing Chef!!

6 days ago

Laura Heimes-Brownthought about it hoping it was going well. looks delicious.

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Ruth Bergmannlooks wonderful!

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Willa B's is taking names now for our DINNER CLUB which starts again in January! Let us know ASAP if you are interested in joining this fun club!

30.00 per person membership fee secures your spot PLUS gets you 20% off in the Emporium the duration of your membership!

We meet one Saturday a month at Willa B's!

Call or message us now to reserve your spot!
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Laura Galvin Chapmanreserve for 2 please

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Don't forget its "TEEZER" Night at Willa Bs from 5-8!!!

Spinach Stuffed mushrooms

Gourmet cheese filled puffs

Carmelized onion canapes with aujus

Beef and sausage meatballs with a red wine sauce

Antipasto platter

Paris brest
Cream cheese stuffed strawberries
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Sandwich: apple butter ham and swiss on wheat with sprouts
Soup DuJour: creamy ham and potato
Sides: coleslaw, potato salad, or vegetable salad
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Don't forget it's not too late to book a holiday party with us! $50.00 an hour for the space then whatever menu u work out with our amazing Chef! Private fun and a great space to boot! 689-1002 ... See MoreSee Less

Chef and I want to give a BIG SHOUT OUT to all of he organizers and participants in this years Light Parade! Molle, Brittney, and gang in the words of my 4 year old nephew "that was awesome"!!! That's what it's all about makig fond holiday memories for or community. Hats off! ... See MoreSee Less

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Laura WestergaardThank you for the tea! It was amazing! ☕️🎄

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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