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




Let’s get social!


We are setup and ready to have a rootin tootin time!!!!
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Stop in to Willa Bs tmorrow morning and get a red neck martini from Cowboy Mischievous Mike! He's a rootin tootin onry cuss! ... See MoreSee Less

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Sandwich: Itlaian Club
Soup DuJour: Chicken and zucchini
Sides: Coleslaw, cantaloupe, side salad, or chips
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Coming in October...........

If you have an interest in becoming a member of Willa B's private monthly dinner club now is the time to sign up for the next 6 month cycle which begins late October.

Membership secures your seat for monthly dinners Saturday evenings October-March--meal, wine, beer prices separate for each meal. Membership includes 20% off in the Emporium anytime during the 6 months!

Space is limited-existing members have first right to secure their seats for the next cycle. Call or message us for more details!
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GREAT NEWS! The "Duke" and the "king of Rock n Roll" have made it to Willa B's!

Sausage and bacon burritos, cinnamon rolls, cantaloupe, coffee, Arnold Palmers, red neck martinis, mimosas, and free Icees for the kids!

Homemade pickles by Momma and olves available for the red neck martinis!

Stop by Willa B's starting at 8AM to get your seat and some goodies!

Celebrate How the West is Fun!
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Wednesday at Willa B's!!!

Chicken cranberry almond sald
Soup DuJour: Caraway cheesy kraut
Sides: coleslaw, chips, cantaloupe, or raw pad thai salad
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Willa B's Specials:

Fresh pad thai salad topped with cod
Soup DuJour: Oriental pork and vegetable
Sides: Coleslaw, chips, potatoe salad, side salad
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Willa Bs is gearingup for Riverboat Days! We will be posting daily specials in line with "How the West was Fun!".
Don't forget to stop by Saturday for breakfast burritos, red beers, mimosas, free Icee for the kids! Get your photo with Elvis, John Wayne, or a in a Western jail!
Starts at 8 Saturday!
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Did you know.....

Willa B's has a dynamic beer and wine list?! Over 26 beers including domestic, import, and area craft beers! We also have 9 different wines to choose from!

Stop in a sample some of selection!
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Gregory HintgenWhat is the sample limit?

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Gregory HintgenDoes that mean unlimited?

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Stop by Willa B's tomorrow, play a board game with a friend, enjoy a coffee, beer, or wine! Supposed to be another nice day! ... See MoreSee Less


Today's Specials on thie BEAUTIFUL day:

Individual Margaritte Pizza

Cranberry Almond Chicken Croissant

Soup Du Jour: French Onioni (amazing)

Sides: coleslws, chips, cucumber citrus basil, or potatoe salad
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"Lushes with Brushes" hosted at Willa B's!. $35.00 for your canvas and first glass of wine.

Sign up now, space is limited:
Wednesday, September 29th from 7-10

Great night for mom's to celebrate the kids back at school!!!

Call 605.689.1002, message Facebook, or stop in to Willa B's to sign up!!!!
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100 percent dog approved! Homemde healthy dog treats!! ... See MoreSee Less

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Maggie KaltsulasJill Michels :)

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Willa B's Bistro & EmporiumOur little Holly got creative with the tags! LOVE IT!!!

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Jennifer BolligI want some!!!!! Awesome

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Planning on coming to Riverboat Days?

Stop by Willa B's who will be serving breakfast buritos, red beers, and mimosa's!! Free Icees for the kiddos!

Also, BRING YOUR CAMERAS for a photo op in a western jail ORRRRR John Wayne or Elvis the Gunslinger!

We will be dressing up to celebrate this year's theme "How the West was Fun!"
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Mary BrunickDoes 23 count as being a kiddo? 😏

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Emily Lynn TaggartWhat time Saturday morning?

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Willa B's Bistro & Emporiumstart serving food at 8. Coffee house open at 7:30

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CHEF RIKKA IS BACK and cooking up a storm! Back to full menu and some great specials.. Today is:

Sandwich: ham and monterey jack with barley aoli, sprouts, and fresh tomatoes

Sides: coleslaw, side salad, citrus basil cantaloupe, or chips

Soup: Southwest bacon corn chowder
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Laura Heimes-Brownthe young ladies running place are awesome. that being said welcome home Rika you were missed. See you Saturday

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One of our customers left us an awesome note hidden under their plate:

"Thank you for the awesome baklava and the best coffee I've had in a long time! I am in love with your place and will definately be back often! Your place is good for the soul!!"

This made our day and confirms the reason we opened Willa B's!!
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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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    Feel free to call us

    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