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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 78 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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Joplin, Missouri, United States
19 reviews 19 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014 NEW

The options here were absolutely wonderful. Lots of vegetarian and gluten free options. Also, lots of sandwiches, and meaty entrees. You will want to check out the sauerkraut soup. I almost ordered a second bowl. They have a microbrewery on-sight with LOTS of award winning choices. I don't think you could go wrong if you are a craft beer lover.

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Steamboat Springs, Colorado
5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014 NEW

My husband had a steak and said it was really good, creamed spinach "very creamy, black and blue salad was quite good and huge, enough for two. Mari, our server, was delightful!Try the sour kraut soup, yum.

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13 reviews 13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014 NEW

While traveling from Danville Kentucky to Fort Collins to visit our son and girlfriend, we stopped overnight in Hays. Much to the credit of TripAdvisor and the gold folks who take the time to share their experiences, we elected to eat dinner at Gella's. And we were not disappointed. In fact, we were taken aback by the quality of the... More

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Midlothian, Virginia
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32 reviews 32 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014 NEW

This restaurant was recommended by a local. We came in for lunch, ten minute wait. Unique interior with wood and exposed brick wall. Staff friendly and helpful. Many beer choices. Tried the seasonal honey beer and a root beer. Both very good. We ordered the pretzel and cheese sauce for an appetizer. Good but thought the cheese sauce would be... More

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144 reviews 144 reviews
90 restaurant reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

The modern brewery pub located inside several original downtown buildings is impressive with reasonable food and drink ($4.00 for a pint of Stout!)...food is average. Large menu but mostly pub fare; husband's steak burger pleased him; salads were good, fairly small, my chicken and noddles lacked seasoning, shredded chicken was not super tender, nor were noodles, would not recommend it.... More

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Topeka, KS
Top Contributor
699 reviews 699 reviews
450 restaurant reviews
330 helpful votes 330 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

We had a group of seven coworkers in Hays and came here. So glad we did. We tried several appetizers (my fave was the fried bread called grebble). Good beers. Great food. We all left very very full. Staff was incredible. Sam was our waitress - super sweet and efficient. Wish we had a place like this back home.

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Wichita, Kansas, United States
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

The salmon burger is unique and excellent. The steaks are great. I am an IPA fan and really appreciate its quality as well as that of the American ale. Gellas is great for a business lunch, a relaxed evening, or for bringing family.

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Hays, Kansas
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

It took a long time to catch on, but now it is a very busy place. A lot of locals take visitors to Gella's. The food is typically delivered fast to the table, I've never had bad service, and they always have plenty of TV's on so you can watch your sport. I don't ever remember hearing the volume to... More

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Top Contributor
57 reviews 57 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2014

The Snitzelwich with Bacon Creamy Horseradish sauce was amazing. We dipped chips in the creamed spinach and loved it. Would also highly recommend the French Toast Brûlée... like nothing we have ever eaten. Everything including the service by Kayla was outstanding!!! We don't drink, but were amused that the "Lb" stands for Liquid Bread (HA!). Don't miss the opportunity to... More

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Asheville, North Carolina, United States
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60 reviews 60 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2014

Was sent here by some friends who know Kansas well and it was one of the best meals of the trip. I had a pork schnitzel sandwich that was one of the best sandwiches I have ever eaten.

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

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