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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 - 12:00 am
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 12:00 am
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, 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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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Good food, great beer and amazing service!

Finally stopped in after reading about this place for a couple of years - wish I had done it sooner! Very relaxed and fun atmosphere with a staff that enjoys what they are doing - that vibe comes across and makes your first impression a good one. Ordered the Reuben..or 'Brewben' as they call it... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 20, 2015
dean1017
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Kansas City, Missouri
Good for:
  • Doing business
  • Families with children
  • Bar scene
  • Large groups
  • Local cuisine
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420 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Kansas City, Missouri
Senior Contributor
39 reviews 39 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
105 helpful votes 105 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

Finally stopped in after reading about this place for a couple of years - wish I had done it sooner! Very relaxed and fun atmosphere with a staff that enjoys what they are doing - that vibe comes across and makes your first impression a good one. Ordered the Reuben..or 'Brewben' as they call it and this was one of... More 

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2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015 NEW

We were just passing thru Hays for one night and found the reviews here very favorable. Sean, the owner of Econo Lodge recommended it highly as well. Food, beer, and service were all excellent. My wife had their homemade root beer and it was good as well. Can't go wrong here.

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Kingsville
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53 reviews 53 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015

Was in town for business and ate here twice this time, and each of two other previous visits. Great atmosphere, unique beer and food selections. Prices are very reasonable as well. Too bad this place is so far away.

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Houston, Texas
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17 reviews 17 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015

After being on a work trip in Kansas for almost a week, we found ourselves in Hays for a few days. This was on our list of places to eat, and we ended up eating here at least four times during our trip. We had lunch and dinner here on separate occasions, and we enjoyed both. This restaurant does have... More 

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Hutchinson, Kansas
Senior Contributor
45 reviews 45 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

Took our college son there for his birthday. Found a wide selection of options on the menu. All 6 of us were happy with the quality and quantity of food. The atmoshere and service was excellent. Highly recommend for those visiting Hays.

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Edmond
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45 reviews 45 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

This place reminds me more of a Dallas west end than a Hays Kansas. It is worth visiting just to see the building and decorations. Sitting at the bar I found the other patrons friendly and talkative. Other travelers from other parts of the country finding this hidden gem on a quiet Hays Kansas street a complete surprise just like... More 

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Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

Visiting my daughter who's at Fort Hays State University. Excellent food. Walk away with left overs. My daughter had the chicken and noodles and the noodles were fantastic. Meatloaf sandwich was super flavor filled and filling. I had the Bierock...authentic, savory would highly recommend.

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Senior Contributor
29 reviews 29 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

I had a wonderful meal here. I was traveling cross country and I was recommended by the hotel to try this place. I had chicken fried chicken with the most terrific corn and potatoes. Very German tasting. The homemade root beer is good and not too sweet. Rare find in the middle of nowhere!

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Kansas City, Missouri
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

I dined alone here in April of 15 on a Monday night. I ordered the beer sampler. The bartender Ashleigh was helpful with explaining the different brews. All of the beers are done well. The flight was a real treat. I ordered the chips and dip. House fried thick chips and a couple of nice cold dips. A bacon horseradish... More 

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Loveland, Colorado, United States
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26 reviews 26 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

We discovered Gella's last year and learned it was the perfect place to stop for lunch between Denver and KC. We LOVE this place. We sit at the bar and have had the BLT, bologna sandwich, rueben, and burger. All were good. The homemade root beer is awesome. The Amber ale is great. The staff is energetic and friendly.

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

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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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?