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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It's our LAST SATURDAY open until we move to our new location later this year. Stop down for Rikka's Eggs Benedict or our feature today: Avocado Egg Tower. ... See MoreSee Less

Go for something different! Try out today's special..E.A.L.T! Egg, avocado, lettuce and tomato sandwich!
Soup today is veggie beef
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Paul Taggart Poker Run and Mighty Mo' Music Fest Trivia. Did you know.... Our poker run route? It is... Register: Rock Bottom Burgers and Beers !st Stop: The Dock, Springfield 2nd Stop: Pour Corners, Avon 3rd Stop: Gibby's, Tyndall 4th Stop: The Schnitz, Menno End: The Landing, Yankton

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One week left to get 40% off in the Emporium....Next Thursday is Willa B's last day until we reopen again this fall! ... See MoreSee Less

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Come in today for a refreshing Caprese sandwich served with Roma tomato, fresh mozzarella, and a homemade herb pistatio pesto grilled!
Soup of the day is a homemade vegetable beef
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Things may be heating up outside, but Rikka is keeping it cool with her Seasoned Tuna Salad Sandwich. Paired with our Pasta, Pea, & Cheese Salad it will fill you up to make it through the rest of this sweltering day!

To-Go orders welcome: 689-1002
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Willa B's last official day in its current location is Thursday, July 27th. ... See MoreSee Less

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Get your raffle tickets for a chance to WIN one of two medium size chest freezers with mixed meat bundles!!! 10.00 a ticket and you DO NOT need to be present to win! We will draw for the winner at the Mighty Mo' Music Fest! Stop in to Willa B's, purchase online at www.paultaggartfoundation,com, contact us on FB, or stop down to the Rockin Rumble Saturday to purchase your ticket!

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As we move toward the end of the month, and begin preparing for our new location Chef will be starting to downsize our menu. Thank you for supporting us in this new exciting venture!!!!!! ... See MoreSee Less

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Janna Metz BinderSo excited for you!!

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Alice MillerCan't wait!!

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Special...Curried Chicken Rice Casserole
Soup..Ground Lamb and Peas
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As you may have heard, Willa B's is EXPANDING!! We are moving toward the river to a larger indoor and outdoor space! We have A LOT of work ahead of us including building a larger kitchen! What this means is Willa B's is going to shut down August through September. We apologize, but it is going to be an awesome space expanding to serve Yankton and visitors hopefully for many years to come!!!!!

Remember we are downsizing our art inventory, so come in and buy a piece at 40% off!!!
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Last night for dinner club!!!! Sampling the cuisine of India tonight!!! Love our dinner club members!!!!! ... See MoreSee Less

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Laura Heimes-BrownWe love you. Thank you for another fabulous meal

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Special..Potatoe &Mushroom Frittata
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"Well it's in the meat bundles being raffled off at the Second Annual Paul Taggart Poker Run and First Annual Mighty Mo' Music Fest!" Get your tickets TODAY! 10.00 for a chance to win ONE of TWO medium size chest freezers with mixed meat bundles!! Stop in to Willa B's, HyVee this Saturday from 10-2, message us, or buy online www.paultaggartfoundation.com. All proceeds go toward Anchoring to Hope Paul Taggart Foundation for Suicide Awareness and Survivor Aftercare. Do NOT have to be present to win.

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Hey everyone!!! You can grab your Paul Taggart Second Annual Poker Run Tank or T-Shirt TODAY to assure you get your size before the event! $20.00
Pick them up at Willa B's or online at www.paultaggartfoundation.com
Kudos to Downtown Screen Printing for doing an amazing job on the design and print!!!!
P.S. we have bandannas, baseball caps, and koozies too!!
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MEAT!!!! This picture doesn't even include the other donations we still have to pick up! What you are seeing is whole chickens, beef tenderloin, smoked chicken, 3lb. thick cut bacon packages.....YUMMMMM OH and don't forget brats, and ribeye, sirloin to be added!!! We aren't giving away just one freezer but TWO! Buy your tickets today!!!!! Even if you don't need the meat or a freezer, maybe you know someone who could! Pay it forward for a neighbor, family member, co-worker, or a friend in need!!!!

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Mark your calendars! Willa B's is going to be featured on "Monday Munchies" with Vanessa Gomez on KSFY July 24th!!! ... See MoreSee Less

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Don't forget.......The Emporium is selling artwork at 40% off for our moving sale! Share and tell your friends!!! ... See MoreSee Less

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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