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Gella's Diner & Lb. Brewing Co.

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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: Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
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
Fried Bologna

Ok, how long has it been since you have had a Fried Bologna sandwich? Stopped in Hayes KS and after lunch I wondered why I waited so long. Gella's was yum. Then of course there was the home made kettle chips. It is also a Brewery and we enjoyed the Stout and Brown Ale. Would would definitely come... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 4, 2015
Jennifer S
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Elk Grove, California
Good for:
  • Large groups
  • Bar scene
  • Local cuisine
  • Doing business
  • Families with children
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Elk Grove, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015 NEW

Ok, how long has it been since you have had a Fried Bologna sandwich? Stopped in Hayes KS and after lunch I wondered why I waited so long. Gella's was yum. Then of course there was the home made kettle chips. It is also a Brewery and we enjoyed the Stout and Brown Ale. Would would definitely come back.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015 NEW

Our server Izzy was spot on , service was great. Food was good although I was tempted did not try the beer. Looking around Hays though. This is the place to eat no doubt. Did not see much competition unless your after fast food.

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Tulsa, Oklahoma
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015 NEW

Friendly staff (thanks, Israel!), yummy food, great experience! Definitely recommend the Cobb salad! We also appreciated the attention they paid to our seven-year-old.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

Maybe 5 minutes off I 70 - and worth it. The I 70 drive is plagued with greasy franchises. If you like that- stick with your plan! Otherwise this restaurant has a great bean potato soup and a Kansas appetizer called Grebble bread. It comes with a sunflower pesto and maple syrup. An app and dessert in one if you... More 

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La Junta, Colorado
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

Landed in by chance on a road trip and it was good enough to try it again on the way back. Green bean soup, and bierocks were tasty, cheese soup and sausage weren't as good. 10 oz beers were nice, but had to ask for them. Very clean, very good service.

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Hays, Kansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015

Gellas is easily one of my more favorite places to eat. Love the creamy mac-n-cheese. Really really good steak. Most times have very good service. Only one disappointment which was about our waiter… didn't hardly check up on us but maybe he was new. Otherwise i recommend this to anyone. Although it is a little more pricy, the food and... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015

We are all about finding the local place to eat. Glad we stopped at Gella's on our way to CO. I had the Cobb salad which was delicious! The steak on top was moist and tender. My husband got the turkey panini. It wasn't what I expected but was very good. My oldest son got the steak. It was thin... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015

While driving thru Kansas kn way to vail, we stopped here in Hays for the night. Saw the reviews on TA for this place. Have to agree...very good brew pub. My hubby had a beer and burger..he enjoyed and I had homemade root beer and a Reuben. Both came with homemade chips. All very good!! Friendly servers, tons of choices,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

I went with friends to Gella's after a long day and it was just what we needed. Great food! I had the salmon cakes and macaroni and cheese and it was melt in your mouth wonderful! They brought us a couple different sample beers to try before we ordered, they were so good it was hard to decide. Service was... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2015

We stopped here for lunch while driving through Kansas. I wanted to try one of their beers and got to sample 3 before ordering one. Their seasonal brews were really good. I ordered the turkey club sandwich for lunch and it was very tasty. My son's kids meal was served in a cardboard car rather than on a plate, which... More 

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Address: 117 East 11th Street, Hays, KS 67601
Phone Number: +1 785-621-2739
Location: United States  >  Kansas (KS)  >  Hays
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
Cuisine: American, German, Brew Pub, Pub

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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: Large groups, Bar scene, Local cuisine, Doing business, Families with children

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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