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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 #2 of 79 restaurants in Hays
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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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Saint Louis, Missouri
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38 reviews 38 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014 NEW

My husband and I were looking for a place to eat on our road trip and we found this gem. The ambiance is exactly what you would expect and hope for from a brewery. Also, $4 for a sampler of 8 beers!!!!! I thought that was incredible. They also tasted extremely well. My only complaint would be that my grilled... More

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Tulsa, Oklahoma
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33 reviews 33 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014 NEW

Great casual dining , great food . Large selection. Had a short wait for a party of six, great server.

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Springfield, IL
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2014

We stopped for dinner on a Wednesday evening. The restaurant and bar area are spacious and adjoin the brew-making area which makes for a unique "country diner meets brew pub" kind of ambiance. There are several TVs in the bar area showing sporting events. The menu includes a page of comfort food entrees like meatloaf and "chicken fried chicken". There... More

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Hays, Kansas
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2014 via mobile

Where else can you watch a giant brewery AND get excellent food? They have an excellent range of culture food for the whole family! A tad bit pricey, but in the end, worth it!

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Council Grove, Kansas
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36 reviews 36 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2014

We have eaten at Gella's over the years and it has always been fair to good. Two weeks ago, my daughter and I went there for lunch. My daughter ordered a steak, and I ordered a quesdilla . My daughter's steak was fatty and tough with no taste. It was like they had just threw a frozen steak on the... More

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Los Angeles, California
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2014

You MUST stop here if you're driving through Hays. And if you live in any of the Kansas-bordering states, it is every bite worth a road-trip! We were driving through and stopped in to find some of the best beer and food of our entire cross-country trek. Their pale ale was fantastic, as was their very generous sampler. We enjoyed... More

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McPherson, Kansas
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6 reviews 6 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2014

We went in around lunchtime and had a short wait (maybe 10 minutes) to get our food. They serve homemade root beer, wide selection of beers, several types of cuisine from sandwiches to steaks to seafood. The atmosphere is relaxing and homey and the wait staff very friendly. The kids menu options are served in a cardboard car. It is... More

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St john, ks
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12 reviews 12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2014

Best homemade root beer and beer around. Kids portions are incredibly tiny. Wide selection of beers, drinks. Yummy French fries and homemade chips. Falafel pita is a good healthy alternative. Glad they host live local entertainment.

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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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21 reviews 21 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2014

Read the other positive reviews and you'll get the gist of this place. Saturday night, 6 p.m.-ish, 10 minute wait and we're digging the variety of the menu. Family chose the following: Grebble appetizer with maple and pesto/olive oil dip Ultimate grilled cheese sammy with cream corn side Schnitzelwich (pork schnitzel in a sammy), with kettle chips and green chile... More

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Minneola, Kansas
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2014 via mobile

Don't let the "Diner" in the name lead you astray!! High end food at a reasonable price. Amazing atmosphere, would highly recommend WILL NOT disappoint!!

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