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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 80 Restaurants in Hays
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Sun - Thu 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 12:00 am
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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Garfield, Arkansas
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54 reviews 54 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015 NEW via mobile

I travel through Hays on a regular basis and now make this a regular stop. They have a great selection of locally made beers and ales that you normally come to expect in Colorado. It's about 5 minutes off I70 in downtown Hays and well worth the short drive to. Get away from the typical chain restaurants. All the food... More 

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Chesterfield, Missouri
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015 NEW

We travel between Denver and St. Louis often and were tired of the fast food choices. This place is not far off the interstate and provides a great respite, great food and some of the best award winning beers anywhere. Staff is friendly and helpful, and the venue itself is very comfortable. It is in an old building or two... More 

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11 reviews 11 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

Historic roomy building with high ceilings, blended old and new brick walls. Pleasant atmosphere. German influenced food gives a wonderful change in choices. Thoroughly enjoyed our meal. Sports Bar is separate from dining which was a plus for us " older folks"! Highly recommend !

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Top Contributor
90 reviews 90 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

The food was ok but our waiter was horrible. We had the Schnitzelwich sandwich, the Green bean, potato & dumpling soup, a Cobb salad, and Fish and Chips. The waiter forgot to ask us what type of dressing we wanted on the Cobb salad. Another server brought our food and our waiter was no where to be found to ask... More 

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Centerville, Ohio
12 reviews 12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

In an old historic downtown building in Hays, this award winning brew pub and restaurant is worth a try if you are in the area. I tried the raspberry wheat beer, it was really good considering I am not a big beer drinker. Zach the bartender was very helpful in selecting the beer and gave me a few to try... More 

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Houston, Texas, USA
20 reviews 20 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

Stopped on way to Denver. Very good beer flight !!! Try the large soft pretzel with the cheese spread. Will visit again on next road trip !!!

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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46 reviews 46 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

I've been here twice and both times had the same impression. The ambience is nice and the food is okay. Nothing great, but nice enough. They have a good selection of beers, although both times they were out of the ones that I wanted. I'm not sure what that is about.

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Nampa, Idaho
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126 reviews 126 reviews
94 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

This place is ranked pretty high in Trip advisor. So we thought we would give it a try and we were not disappointed. We were quickly seated and our server(Chelsea W) was there explaining the specials and taking our drink order. The beer choices are many as it is a very large brew house. I chose a Pale Ale and... More 

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Santa Clarita, California
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61 reviews 61 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

Excellent selection of multiple meals. Beer sampler awesome. Only thing that came up short was the kettle fries. Asked if they were thick, told yes, but thin and greasy. But everything else was awesome.

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Kansas City
15 reviews 15 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2014 via mobile

Superior food, great service, wonderful atmosphere. Don't waste your time or money eating anywhere else in Hays. This place is a jewel!

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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

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