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Gella's Diner & Lb. Brewing Co.

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American, German, Brew Pub
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117 East 11th Street, Hays, KS 67601
+1 785-621-2739
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11:00 am - 12:00 am
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 12:00 am
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Description: Awarded the Great American Beer Festival's 2013 Small Brewpub and Small...
Awarded the Great American Beer Festival's 2013 Small Brewpub and Small Brewpub Brewer honors, the four storefronts the microbrewery and diner call home didn't always look like this. An aluminum facade hid these historic structures for decades as the elements took a devastating toll inside and out on the forgotten buildings. Acquired in 2000, these buildings became the first properties deeded for development as part of the Chestnut Street District's downtown revitalization effort.Along with stabilizing the collapsed ceiling in what is now the brewery, other challenges included replacing chiseled and damaged brick with limestone, unifying the storefronts with a steel I-beam and conforming the different floor levels of the four buildings to ADA standards. Whenever possible, designers incorporated original elements of the buildings into the design.The open kitchen buzzes with culinary activity, savory aromas and fiery spectacle. Acting in stark contrast is the cool calm of the steel brew tanks, tangle of hoses and the sweet scent of barley and hops. The industrial beauty of rusted steel, the cool glare of galvanized aluminum and the raw quality of weathered wood are all perfectly offset by the intimate chatter of patrons over plates of delicious food and pints of handcrafted beer.Historically inspired paintings created by graduates of Fort Hays State University's Art Department add color and culture directly to the authentic brick walls. The paintings are indicative of the signage that once appeared on the sides of downtown structures serving notice of the name of the company or type of services offered within. Patrons entering by the west door of Gella's Diner & Lb. Brewing Co. Are greeted by the artwork entitled "Three Star Harvest". Taken from a 1930s photograph, "Three Star Harvest" is the silhouette of three Ellis County farmers eating lunch in a field. Diners in the second room from the west are treated to a rustic sign once prominent on Eleventh Street in the 1920s. FHSU graduate, Amber Hampton, interpreted historic photos to design both murals. The actual act of painting was a collaboration between Hampton and nationally renowned artist Kris Kuksi of Hays. Kuksi, a graduate turned instructor for FHSU's Art Department, enlisted students from FHSU's Basic Design Class to paint.From hand painted murals to industrial agricultural lighting, open spaces and references to early railroad cars, the brewery and diner convey an industrial farm look for a fresh yet traditional atmosphere that is Hays' alone.Look above the bar and you'll see that the brewery's designer took egg baskets and turned them upside down to create an ambience unlike any other. The black granite for the brewery's bar came from Sylvan Grove, located just east of Hays. The Company M&G Designs provided this granite for Gella's Diner & Lb. Brewing Co. As well as granite for the elevators of Chicago's Sears Tower. A glass wall separates the bar from Lb. Brewing Co.'S stainless steel tanks or "barrels" which produce 310 gallons of beer each run. Lb. Brewing Co. Is capable of producing 1,000 barrels of beer a year. A private banquet facility just off the bar can entertain up to 50 guests, and it's fully equipped to host a variety of functions. Free wireless Internet access is available throughout the diner and brewery.Centrally located downtown, the city's cultural centers, recreation parks, galleries, specialty shops and more are all within walking distance.
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Good for:
Families with children
Bar scene
Large groups
Doing business
Local cuisine

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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
I like beer and food, I'm picky.

It is not often that you find great food and great beer in one location. In fact, include "service" and "college town" in the mix and the result can be downright terrible. This was not the case at Gella's. The appetizer was nachos, a western Kansas twist, with home cooked flavors. The girls had... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 23, 2015
Susana T
via mobile
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Bar scene
  • Large groups
  • Doing business
  • Local cuisine
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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English first
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18 reviews 18 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015 NEW via mobile

It is not often that you find great food and great beer in one location. In fact, include "service" and "college town" in the mix and the result can be downright terrible. This was not the case at Gella's. The appetizer was nachos, a western Kansas twist, with home cooked flavors. The girls had chicken and noodles, the likes that... More 

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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015 NEW via mobile

We were in Hays for the Kansas Special Olympics state basketball finals. We came in with a large party and everything was great! The service was quick and friendly, the food was hot and delicious. I'd say my only (very minor) complaint was the noise level inside, it made conversation a bit challenging, but it is attached to the brew... More 

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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015 via mobile

Great surprise in Hays, KS! Oatmeal stout is delicious! Food is excellent. Brewing is way cool. Stopping in on my way back to CO for a couple growlers to take home. Just awesome!

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Great Bend, Kansas, United States
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

Would definitely go back very happy with service Even going in early service was very good Would recommend.

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Olathe, Ks
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28 reviews 28 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

I have to travel to Hays a couple of times a month for work and always plan a business dinner at this location. The food is great and service is exceptional. I am not much of a beer drinker but I do love what they offer.

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Plantation, Florida
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12 reviews 12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

My colleagues and I went to Gella's for dinner last week and had a great time. The menu is pretty extensive. They ordered calamari and some guac for appetizers. The guac was pretty good considering it was not a mexican establishment. The calamari was crisp and not chewy. I had some comfort food: Meatloaf. It came with carrots that were... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

This place was a nice and open Microbrewery with multiple seating options. We waited 50 minutes on a Friday to get seated so I recommend call ahead and make a reservation especially if you have young kids. Our 7 year old loved her Mac n Cheese (not Kraft). Hubby was not impressed with the beer. He thought it was overrated... More 

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Iligan, Philippines
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184 restaurant reviews
238 helpful votes 238 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2015

Gella's is located about a half of block off of Main street in downtown Hays. It is a great place to eat! There is a nice variety of items on the menu and all that I have tried have been very good. Prices are reasonable. A nice atmosphere and the service is good. They have good free WiFi. Gella's is... More 

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Hays, Kansas
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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015 via mobile

A favorite local place. Food is local specialties. I am not a beer drinker but have sipped it and believe I could get hooked. Such flavor and brewed on site.

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Hays, Kansas
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Award winning brews, worth the stop! An unexpected gem in downtown Hays, Kansas. Try the sampler of beers.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 117 East 11th Street, Hays, KS 67601
  • Location: United States  >  Kansas (KS)  >  Hays
  • Phone Number: +1 785-621-2739

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: American, German, Brew Pub

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Bar scene, Large groups, Doing business, Local cuisine

Description

Awarded the Great American Beer Festival's 2013 Small Brewpub and Small Brewpub Brewer honors, the four storefronts the microbrewery and diner call home didn't always look like this. An aluminum facade hid these historic structures for decades as the elements took a devastating toll inside and out on the forgotten buildings. Acquired in 2000, these buildings became the first properties deeded for development as part of the Chestnut Street District's downtown revitalization effort.Along with stabilizing the collapsed ceiling in what is now the brewery, other challenges included replacing chiseled and damaged brick with limestone, unifying the storefronts with a steel I-beam and conforming the different floor levels of the four buildings to ADA standards. Whenever possible, designers incorporated original elements of the buildings into the design.The open kitchen buzzes with culinary activity, savory aromas and fiery spectacle. Acting in stark contrast is the cool calm of the steel brew tanks, tangle of hoses and the sweet scent of barley and hops. The industrial beauty of rusted steel, the cool glare of galvanized aluminum and the raw quality of weathered wood are all perfectly offset by the intimate chatter of patrons over plates of delicious food and pints of handcrafted beer.Historically inspired paintings created by graduates of Fort Hays State University's Art Department add color and culture directly to the authentic brick walls. The paintings are indicative of the signage that once appeared on the sides of downtown structures serving notice of the name of the company or type of services offered within. Patrons entering by the west door of Gella's Diner & Lb. Brewing Co. Are greeted by the artwork entitled "Three Star Harvest". Taken from a 1930s photograph, "Three Star Harvest" is the silhouette of three Ellis County farmers eating lunch in a field. Diners in the second room from the west are treated to a rustic sign once prominent on Eleventh Street in the 1920s. FHSU graduate, Amber Hampton, interpreted historic photos to design both murals. The actual act of painting was a collaboration between Hampton and nationally renowned artist Kris Kuksi of Hays. Kuksi, a graduate turned instructor for FHSU's Art Department, enlisted students from FHSU's Basic Design Class to paint.From hand painted murals to industrial agricultural lighting, open spaces and references to early railroad cars, the brewery and diner convey an industrial farm look for a fresh yet traditional atmosphere that is Hays' alone.Look above the bar and you'll see that the brewery's designer took egg baskets and turned them upside down to create an ambience unlike any other. The black granite for the brewery's bar came from Sylvan Grove, located just east of Hays. The Company M&G Designs provided this granite for Gella's Diner & Lb. Brewing Co. As well as granite for the elevators of Chicago's Sears Tower. A glass wall separates the bar from Lb. Brewing Co.'S stainless steel tanks or "barrels" which produce 310 gallons of beer each run. Lb. Brewing Co. Is capable of producing 1,000 barrels of beer a year. A private banquet facility just off the bar can entertain up to 50 guests, and it's fully equipped to host a variety of functions. Free wireless Internet access is available throughout the diner and brewery.Centrally located downtown, the city's cultural centers, recreation parks, galleries, specialty shops and more are all within walking distance.
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 12:00 am
Saturday
11:00 am - 12:00 am

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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?