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“First Time...But not the Last” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Gella's Diner & Lb. Brewing Co.

Gella's Diner & Lb. Brewing Co.
117 East 11th Street, Hays, KS 67601
+1 785-621-2739
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Ranked #1 of 79 Restaurants in Hays
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.
Salina, Kansas
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“First Time...But not the Last”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2013

The food is great! And the service was great as well. We had a little wait to get a table but they were able to seat us before the time they had originally promised.

Visited February 2013
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Houston, Texas
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“Worth finding!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2013

Don't eat at some greasy highway takeaway....make the effort to find this diner in old town Hays. Its great. Wonderful atmosphere and excellent staff. The food is far better than I expected for a small town!! The beer choices were great too. It is well worth the side trip!!! Well done to the Gella team!

  • Visited January 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Denver, Colorado
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“Finnaly a Brewpub in Hays America!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2013

Very big, open, roomy dining and pub area. Fairly new establishment(2009 I think) that they put in an old warehouse type building downtown. Always 6-8 pub crafted beers,some award winning are on tap all the time. But hey, the food here is the real deal! We have been here several times while in Hays and have tried many menu items. ALL were awesome. Steaks, sandwiches ( the rueben is bomb) appitizers, its all good. PS the restrooms here are very nice, and spotless!

  • Visited January 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Excellent road trip stop”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2013

So if you're driving across the country in, say, 1983 from Portland to Boston, you spend about three days wishing some place like this existed while you eat food from gas stations off the interstate that have vending machines and Subway didn't exist.

This is not that gas station. A little off the highway, with good food and good enough beer to stay over and rest if you're not from Hays, and probably good enough to eat there weekly if you live there.

  • Visited August 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Phillipsburg, KS
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“Yummy!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

We love to eat here whenever we are in Hays. Love their homemade kettle chips and french onion dip. My hubby loves the beer!

  • Visited January 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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