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Gella's Diner & Lb. Brewing Co.

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American, German, Brew Pub, Pub
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117 East 11th Street, Hays, KS 67601
+1 785-621-2739
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11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Sun - Thu 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 12:00 am
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Lunch, Free Wifi, Reservations, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for: Local cuisine, Large groups, Families with children, Business meetings, Bar scene
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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  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Great atmosphere

Kevin our waiter was great my husband let him pick a beer for him and Kevin explained the brew. Atmosphere was trendy but family oriented. Food was good, but the creme brûlée and the French toast creme brûlée was super. If in Hays diffenently stop by its very easy to find.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Shaunna A
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Kevin our waiter was great my husband let him pick a beer for him and Kevin explained the brew. Atmosphere was trendy but family oriented. Food was good, but the creme brûlée and the French toast creme brûlée was super. If in Hays diffenently stop by its very easy to find.

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Branson, Missouri
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Not only our first time at Gella's Diner & Lb. Brewing Co., but our first time in Hays, KS. The wait staff was pleasant, and efficient. The food, for the most part, was tasty. Cold items were cold and hot items were hot. What upped the restaurant from average to very good was the roominess. Oh how I hate restaurants... More 

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Thank GinNBerry
Overland Park, Kansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Good food. Good service. Good place to stop. On our way to ski for the weekend and trusted trip advisor to not surprise us. It was all good. Stop by.

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Dodge City, Kansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Awesome is the best way to describe Gella’s / Lb. Brewing. The service was friendly, the atmosphere was perfect for watching a game without being rowdy, and the food was amazing. I had a cobb salad with honey mustard dressing recommended by the waitress. The small was the perfect size. I had the green bean soup with it and it... More 

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Thank iroamaround67801
Colorado Springs, Colorado
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The waitstaff were too busy chatting with each other to apparently care about the patrons. My item came out burned and I was never asked about how the food was the entire time I was there. I would've like to have a non-burned replacement item but that was never offered. The only reason to eat here is if you like... More 

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Wichita, Kansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Chose the stroganoff special for dinner. Lots of egg noodles, beef, and mushrooms. Sauce was plentiful and delicious. Staff was extremely nice and attentive (believe my server was a Fort Hays State University student). Sampled a couple of the beers, but they were out of the wheat beer I wanted (seasonal switchover). A great place to stop and I'll be... More 

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Burdett, Kansas
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I went here over Thanksgiving weekend with my family, I got the macaroni and cheese with a side of white rice. The macaroni was delicious, but the rice was the worst I've ever tasted. I tried my dad's chips and they tasted very burnt. I wouldn't go here again!

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Loveland, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This place is really worth getting off the highway for! The hubs and I were traveling thru on I 70 and depended upon TA for solid recommendation. Super, super cute place, huge menu & great service. We had the salmon burger and the salmon patties. Both were excellent. Our server knew we were traveling, so she made sure our food... More 

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Thank Mary S
Norton, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The meals are original and delicious! I especially love their green bean and dumpling soup! Tasty! We have never been dissatisfied with ANY meal that we've eaten there.

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Thank Allan M
Superior, Colorado, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We stopped in Hays on our way from KC to Denver. This was a recommendation by the hotel staff. Great food and fun atmosphere. Very attentive staff. So much better than a chain and worth the drive into the quaint downtown area.

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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, Pub

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Local cuisine, Large groups, Families with children, Business meetings, Bar scene

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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