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“Wonderful meal!” 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.
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“Wonderful meal!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2013 via mobile

Ate at Gellas on our way to Colorado on vacation. Was recommended by the clerk at the hotel we were staying at. I have to say, we were not disappointed at all! Wonderful meal. Friendly staff. Great service and food!

Visited June 2013
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“Love me beer”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2013 via mobile

If u want beer come here! I liked the pretzels n cheese. Food is so so, inconsistent! Service was ok.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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Overland Park, Kansas
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45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
“Worth getting off of the interstate!!!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2013

Read aboutt this place on TA so decided to leave I-70 and give it a try.......sure are glad we did! The chicken fried steak was one of the best I ever had---almost literally melted in my mouth. Husband was equally thrilled with the schnitzel sandwich. Good beer too. Both of us were stuffed, but we could 't stop ourselves from trying the French toast crime brûlée fried and topped with ice cream and caramel. OMG....worth every calorie ( of which there were many). Can't imagine how one person could eat it, so be sure to share. We'll be back!

  • Visited June 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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San Francisco
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40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
“Great place for lunch off I 70”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2013 via mobile

Not many good choices on the interminable trip from Denver to Lawrence KS so thus makes Gella's the standout. It's a bit off the interstate but worth it for the food and beer and the ability to relax.

  • Visited June 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Lexington, Kentucky
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“Good food; service - meh”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2013

Nice restaurant/brewpub concept in little downtown Hays. We chose this place based on TA rating. Very popular with the locals, but no wait early on a Friday evening. Ordered the hot spinach dip as appetizer which was anything but hot. After flagging down our server, she seems unfazed and unapologetic but took it back to the kitchen. It came back steaming. Flavor was good, but quantity of chips lacking. Ordered the smoked bacon BLT on sour dough. Very tasty though the toasted bread was bland. Enjoyed an lb wheat beer which was the best part of the meal. Overall, the food was very good but the entire experience could've been much improved with a little bit of friendly, attentive service.

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