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Gella's Diner & Lb. Brewing Co.

117 East 11th Street, Hays, KS 67601
+1 785-621-2739
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Ranked #1 of 79 restaurants in Hays
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: American, German, Brew Pub
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Good for: Families with children, Bar scene, Large groups, Doing business, Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
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.
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Missouri
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126 reviews 126 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

We ate here once before (in 2009), and it has, in my opinion, gotten much better since then. The kids meals come in a fun little car. They brew excellent beer (and root beer). I had their IPA (great) and a reuben sandwich (also great), and the garlic fries were outstanding (I think there is finely-shaved raw garlic on them.... More

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Wichita, Kansas
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

The food is tremendous but the real reason to visit Lb. is the beer. Be sure to try the wheats (American Wheat and American Hefeweizen) and the Oatmeal Stout. The seasonals are also usually very solid and worth a try. Get a sampler, see what you like, and go from there. DRINK LOCAL BEER!

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Yorktown, Virginia
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014 NEW

This is well worth the 10 minute detour off of I-70. The beer and food are great, and the service is fast and friendly. Good kids menu. I enjoyed the bean and potato soup and the meatloaf.

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Chesapeake, Virginia
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014 NEW

Moving cross-country, we stopped for a meal in sleepy little Hays, KS. What a shock to find this hip eatery that would fit in in any major city. Delicious mushroom burger for me, and my daughter wanted me to mention that she loved the cream soda. Great service, too!

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Los Angeles, California
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014 NEW via mobile

I came here because I had seen it had won am award for best restaurant in hays Kansas. When you first walk in the feel of the restaurant is warm and welcoming. Our server's name was Israel and he was very nice and enthusiastic. I ordered the green bean and dumpling soup. It was so AMAZING!!!! The soup was perfect... More

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Bella Vista, Arkansas
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12 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014 NEW credit card Amex Card Member Review

We always plan our overnight stop in Hays, Kansas just so we can have drinks and dinner at Gella's. We have never been disappointed with their food and their microbrews are award winners. Our favorite appetizer is grebble. The Chestnut Street Meatloaf is one of the best I have ever had and the fish and chips is made with one... More

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McKinney, Texas
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75 reviews 75 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

This local favorite was recommended to us by the hotel staff as being a local favorite for food and micro-brew beer. We were not disappointed. The food is an eclectic mix of personalities with a bent toward German. Everything we had was good. I tried the pale ale and it was outstanding. We learned that this micro-brewery had won multiple... More

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knoxville, tn
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75 reviews 75 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

I arrived at 8:30 pm on a Sunday and it wasn't very busy. I sat at the bar since I was alone and the very sweet bartender kept me company (I think her name was Lisa?!). I usually order a drink if I'm sitting at the bar, but I loooove root beer so I couldn't pass up trying the homebrew... More

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Derby, Kansas, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

Meatloaf, real mashed potatoes, and steamed carrots. It was a wonderful meal to share with my friends. The beer was yummy too!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

The food was wonderful the beer was fantastic. Will recommend to anyone in the area. Only dislike was the bathroom was a little small with only like 2 or 4 stalls

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