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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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St. Louis, Missouri
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56 reviews 56 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

You have to really look for this place, but well worth the time to find it from our hotel off the interstate. It’s a microbrewery and excellent restaurant. Yep we are picky about our food and hate the touristy places, chains and bar food. This place was a nice surprise and find! We had salads and they were outstanding and... More

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Yellow Springs, Ohio
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46 reviews 46 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014 NEW

We stop in Hays once a year as we pass through on our way home. The food choices have been pretty unremarkable in past years. This year we decided to get off the main drag and try a local restaurant. Something we should do more often. This place was terrific! It's in an older, industrial part of town and the... More

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Orlando, Florida
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

Great food and brew, service, atmosphere, everything down to the music. This place has it all. Will definitely be going back, i am just sad it is 2 hours from where we are currently stationed!

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Osmond, Nebraska
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19 reviews 19 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

My wife and I went there twice so far, and both times were great. The food isn't exactly what you'd expect - it has a different flare to it - but that made it much tastier. For example, I tried their meatloaf dinner and asked for creamed spinach instead of the regular side veggie. The meatloaf has a smoked taste... More

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Overland Park, Kansas
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63 reviews 63 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

On a recent trip from eastern Kansas to Fort Collins and back, my wife and I again planned our trip to eat here on each leg of the trip. We have done this ever since we found Gella's for the first time on Trip Advisor. For our last two meals we had a BLT, stuffed shrimp, a Rueben, and a... More

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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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17 reviews 17 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

What a great gem! Beer was great and the food was solid. Our server Noah was pleasant and helpful. Please consider this your first stop as it has something for everyone. We are very picky and went with our 80+ in-laws. Everyone had a great time. The Fillet was only $20 and it was cooked perfectly with great side options.... More

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Denver
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103 reviews 103 reviews
82 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

We live in Denver with family in KC. At least twice a year, we drive across Kansas, stopping at Gella's. This brewpub is a good surprise for dining options in Hays. On this trip, we started late, spending the night in Hays. Dinner at Gella's was very good. It was a packed Saturday night. Good service with satisfying entrees. If... More

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Denver, Colorado
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53 reviews 53 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

My husband and I stopped by while taking a short break from our road trip back to Denver. I was looking for somewhere decent to eat and stumbled upon this restaurant. The place itself was very nice, and clean. The staff was very nice as well, and we were seated right away. We both ordered the cream soda and it... More

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Warrensburg, Mo
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 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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