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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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Warrensburg, Mo
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 NEW via mobile

My wife and I decided to spend a night in Hays Ks on our way back from Colorado. We decided to go here for a few beers and dinner. Excellent choice! Fast and attentive service, a good selection of food, and enough beers that you should be able to find at least 1 you like. It is a pretty big... More

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Pleasanton, California
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23 reviews 23 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

Recommended by our hotel, we were so pleasantly surprised to find this place in the cool downtown area. The microbrewery, which has received awards, has a great beer selection, a large menu, and great service. Our waitress was great and was helpful with all our selections. Would definitely plan on stopping here again if we were in the area. It... More

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St. Louis, MO
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

Usually I don't go just by a billboard promotion, but I decided to take a chance on this one. Great place! Our food was very, very good and the service was excellent. Had the meatloaf and would definitely order it again. In fact, my wife said we will stop in again when we are in the area.

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Springfield, Missouri, USA
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

Great place to eat along I70. Had a great meal, everyone left happy. The good: beer, steaks, chicken noodles, the atmosphere and the music. This place is clean, casual, and kid-friendly. The staff was friendly, and we were seated quickly. The service was ok, not great but good. We had to ask for condiments and refills but otherwise was fine.... More

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Shawnee, Kansas
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57 reviews 57 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

Whenever we head that way and can be in Hays for dinner this is our choice. We have eaten here multiple times and never been disappointed. We were there on a Saturday night about 6 and did not have to wait long to be seated. Food came out of the kitchen in a timely manner. Service was attentive. I had... More

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Wichita, Kansas
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3 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

Stopped in for lunch on a business trip. Had the turkey panini and one of the better sandwiches I have had. Good brewery atmosphere and lots if rewards for their beers. I'm from Wichita and wish they would open a place on the west side of Wichita!!!

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Madison, Alabama
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39 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

Had some really great brews on tap (LB stands for Liquid Bread). I had the meatloaf which was very good with a rich sauce on it. Came with mashed potatoes and roasted carrots. My wife had the cobb salad. Mixed greens, bacon, lots of grilled chicken, fresh green beans, tomatoes, hard boiled eggs, avocado, and blue cheese crumbles. A full... More

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St Louis, MO
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

My beer-loving husband and I were in transit from MO to CO...which can be a less-than-exciting drive! Searched TripAdvisor for places to eat along the way besides fast-food and chain restaurants. What a delight to experience Gella's! It was a Monday night, and they were out of the beer my husband wanted to try...but his second choice was great. I... More

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Senior Reviewer
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6 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

We started with the Grebble which is fried bread that you dip in maple syrup or sunflower seed pesto. I only tried it with the maple syrup and it was delicious. My husband ordered the KC Strip and he said it was the best tasting steak he has ever eaten. I ordered the salmon cakes which were good, but after... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

Our family stopped for lunch on Monday, 8/4/14 based upon previous Trip Advisor glowing reviews and were delighted. Housemade root beer was amazing, and the filtered wheat beer was great for mom & dad. Sandwiches and burgers were superb. The guac was a bit flat and the red salsa pretty drab; but, that was a minor misstep. The place is... More

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