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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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Hours:
Sun - Thu 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 12:00 am
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, 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
Great flavor and great atmosphere

Great atmosphere, nice variety. Reasonable prices. Everyone at our table said that their flavor was outstanding. We had the smoked turkey sandwich, chicken sandwich, hamburger with carmelized onions, and a child's sirloin steak.

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 2, 2015
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Good for:
  • Bar scene
  • Doing business
  • Families with children
  • Local cuisine
  • Large groups
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015 NEW

Great atmosphere, nice variety. Reasonable prices. Everyone at our table said that their flavor was outstanding. We had the smoked turkey sandwich, chicken sandwich, hamburger with carmelized onions, and a child's sirloin steak.

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Lawrence, Kansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

Have been to Gella's previously when traveling. Tonight was no different. Food was excellent. Salmon cakes were delicious with the horseradish tartar sauce. Husband's Ruben was equally good. A little ways off I 70 but well worth it.

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Hays, Kansas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

The food and beer at Gella's is wonderful. While many things are made in house, it is obvious the chef takes pride in the menu. The Good: The cocktails are always made with consistency. Most of the beers are perfect-but this is a taste preference. The beers are handcrafted, so very good. You can buy growlers and small growlers to... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

Great atmosphere and craft beer! My wife and I were in town for some grad school functions. The service was excellent and the beer was cold.

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New Haven, Missouri
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

While driving across Kansas, or just looking for an evening out, you want to be able to relax at your dinner. Gella's is such a place. The staff is friendly and helps make the meal enjoyable. The menu has enough of a selection to please most tastes.

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Memphis, Tennessee
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

We were on a road trip from Denver to Memphis and needed to get off I70. I was a bit leary, ok a lot leary, of venturing into a small town for a late lunch on a Sunday but this was a great side trip stop! My husband is all about craft beer and I am all about craft food... More 

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

On our way to Denver we stopped in Hays for dinner. I was pleased to find a place like Gella's & Lb. Brewing in Central KS. My family enjoyed the food. My wife and I enjoyed a flight of 8 small beer samples (4 oz.). They have good selection of tasty beers brewed on the premises. We will definitely stop... More 

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Cherryvale, Kansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

I saw a billboard advertisement on I-70 and I love trying breweries. So glad we tried this one! The beer was great, the food was delicious and my 6 yo daughter loved that her dinner came out in a cardboard camaro! Highly recommend!

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Aurora, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

We stopped for one night in Hays and decided to try Gella's. So happy we did. Wonderful atmosphere, amazing food, and great beer. This was a great suprise being that you don't typically find places like Gella's in small towns. Gella's is clean, new and could give many breweries and restaurants in big cities a run for their money.

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Tulsa, Oklahoma
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

TripAdvisor led us to Gella's as we traveled toward Denver and it was a great suggestion. The service was especially friendly and the food a change of pace from normal interstate travel fare. Beers were featured but the wine was a little lacking but the overall experience rated 4 stars.

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Additional Information about Gella's Diner & Lb. Brewing Co.

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

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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