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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Dinner club gun!!! Celebrating the cuisine of Denmark tonight!!! Awesome group!!
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Special..Ham and Spinach grill cheese
Soup..SW Corn chowder
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It's Veggie delivery day for Willa B's Bistro & Emporium!! We ❤ growing organic produce!!

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Special..CBLT! Chicken blt
Soup..Veggie beef
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Special..Ham & Dill pickle sandwich
Soup..Creamy spinach
Sides..slaw, beets or pasta salad
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Don't cook this Thursday! Stop down to Willa B's Bistro & Emporium for some tasty specials. Today they're featuring a Zesty Tuna Melt.

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Walked past this last night and Boomers new outdoor seating looks sooooo nice and welcoming!!!! Great addition Boomers! Love it.
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Welcome to the new Yankton! Yep even more outdoor options like the cities. Now you can have even more outdoor options. Thanks Boomer's! Find yourself outside on 3rd Street soon.

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Ariana TerryI think this is a really badly planned out outdoor eating area. The take up the entire sidewalk and force passers by to go through the bar. What they should have done was made a walkway around. I dont think they realize how clear they have to leave that sidewalk.

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Special of the day..Soil Works lettuce salad with 18 year old balsamic
Soup..Pork stew
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Susan F SchaveeCan hardly wait to join you again after a 6 month stay in Texas.

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Special...National Grill Cheese Day!!! 3 Cheese grill cheese
Soup...Ham & Bean
Sides...Slaw, beet salad or pasta salad
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Willa Bs is on the move to a bigger space by the river this fall! Love our space but it was go big or go home. Just know the talk is out and want to confirm we will still be around! Stay tuned ... See MoreSee Less

FLASH sale........today, tomorrow, and Saturday
ALL jewelry, scarves, bags 50% off!

Don't forget everything in the Emporium is 30% off!
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Chef Rikka is giving a huge shout out to Soilworks!!!!! WOW!!! Thanks for being a part of our Willa. Bs family!! Beet salad tomorrow! ... See MoreSee Less

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Soil Works LLCThanks Chef Rikka!! Excited for lunch tomorrow! Your excitement for quality (nutrient-dense) produce is food for our soul!

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Melissa ZimmerYum!

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Dawn PesickaYummy!!

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Steph KopetskySounds super yummy!!!

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Special of the day...Pepper Steak panini
Soup of the day...Northwoods chicken (chicken, spinach, mushrooms and almonds in a creamy style soup)
sides..slaw, cucumbers &scream, honey mustard greens
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Theres been confusion regarding the next dinner club date. Per the membership sheet it is scheduled April 22nd. See you then! ... See MoreSee Less

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Special...Cream cheese green olive ham panini
Soup..vegetable kale
Sides..slaw, honey mustard kollard green salad or soup
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Special of the day...Italian smoked turkey lettuce salad
Soup..Vegetable Kale
sides..slaw, broccoli craisin sunflower seed salad, soup
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Willa B's is making room for some changes and is offering 30% off in the Emporium this week Tuesday through Saturday! Stick away an Easter, Mother's or Father's Day, or graduation day gift! ... 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!

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    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