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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, Breakfast, 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
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Stopped here for dinner several times on our way to/from Colorado & the food & service has always been good. Great atmosphere & seems to be a favorite of the locals. Husband had the brat with sauerkraut & I had the fried chicken tender salad which was very fresh. Nice decor in a really cute... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 29, 2015
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  • Doing business
  • Bar scene
  • Local cuisine
  • Families with children
  • Large groups
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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

Stopped here for dinner several times on our way to/from Colorado & the food & service has always been good. Great atmosphere & seems to be a favorite of the locals. Husband had the brat with sauerkraut & I had the fried chicken tender salad which was very fresh. Nice decor in a really cute revitalized area downtown.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW via mobile

Excellent beers. Unique and delicious food choices. Wonderful atmosphere in a quaint downtown location.

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Cape Girardeau, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

Some brewpubs have good beer but not very good food, others have good food but not very good beer. Gella's has both great food and great beer. We ate here on our way to Colorado and liked it so much that we stopped here a second time on our way home from Colorado. The service was excellent on both visits.

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Mint Hill, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

Sometimes it is nice to get off the interstate and find a good local place to eat. The locals are at Gella's as were the travelers who ventured into town. Locating Gella's is best achieved with help from google. Once there we found it to be quite inviting. Our server was knowledgeable about their home brews and was able to... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

Good value and great selection of beer. Flight of 8 beers was $6.50. The beef stroganoff was great. Our friends had the fish and chips. It was packed at 8:00 pm so get there early! Service was great.

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Manhattan, Kansas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

Really busy place with good service. Husband enjoyed the special - beef stroganoff and noodles over mashed potatoes. He especially liked the Brownell Brown brew. Smothered beirock was good but overpowered by the taste of the cheese sauce. Seasonal veggies loaded with minced garlic - waaaay too much - couldn't eat them. Husband's meal came with panna cotta - very... More 

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Nixa, Missouri
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

While traveling across Kansas, this restaurant was worth the detour off the interstate into Hays. Staff were very pleasant and food was served promptly. This is a combined restaurant and brewing company and there was a large selection of unique beers. The food itself has a German style with unique and delicious menu selections. We all got different entrees and... More 

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Fredonia, ks
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

Hubby and I stopped in for dinner as the reviews of this place were great. The place is really cute and decorated well. Staff was good. I had a chicken salad which was very small for the $10 price. My hubby had a KC strip and was not impressed. It was a good portion size but very tough. We tried... More 

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Keizer, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

We (hubby, 18-yr-old son and myself) came off the interstate for the short (approx 2 miles) drive to this restaurant, based on the good TA reviews. Once again, the TA members nailed it, and we enjoyed a great dining experience. The building is an appealing mix of old & new; the refurbish/remodel was done very well. Many features from the... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

I have eaten at Gella's many times over the past year. The quality of the food and the service has steadily declined. Last night the steaks had gristle and were tough. I ordered mine medium rare and came out raw on the inside. The sweet potato fries were soggy (not crisp). Service was inattentive and unprofessional. Gella's is no longer... More 

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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, Bar scene, Local cuisine, Families with children, 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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