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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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Sun - Thu 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 12:00 am
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Denver, Colorado
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31 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We stopped here on our way back to Denver on a road trip to see a sporting event in Oklahoma. Food was great (I suggest the Reuben), and the craft beer is very solid. I guess the price is relative, as being from Denver we left talking about how cheap our meal was for all we got. We have even... More 

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Thank denvernoles
Hays, Kansas
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3 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This place has a wonderful atmosphere! Nice selection of beer too. The food is alright compared to the price you pay for it. I was disappointed to see they took the meatloaf and glazed carrots off the menu.

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Andover, Kansas
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9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

With Tripadvisor's #1 recommendation in Hays, we decided to stop off on our way to Colorado. Large restaurant with great decor, and great service. Family friendly for our 5 & 7 year old boys who received their kids' meals in boxes that looked like old cars. My husband enjoyed the meatloaf sandwich (Thursday special), and my salad was really fresh... More 

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Norton, Kansas
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3 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Took a couple of out-of-towners for beers and burgers. They were impressed by the variety of beers and the cheeseburgers. Said the burgers were better than any you could get in St. Louis.

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Thank cliffmagie
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I had the grilled chicken salad and I swear they dumped the lettuce out of a bag and laid a piece of chicken on top. Very disappointed for the amount of money charged for this salad. The atmosphere is nice though.

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Atchison, Kansas
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5 reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I wish there was a grade between average and very good. The beer was great--I tried the Oatmeal Stout, Amber Lager and Hefeweissen--all were delicious. The brat was not good--I honestly did not think you could screw up a brat, but they put some sort of weird spice in it that I did not like. It is also made with... More 

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Russell, Kansas
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Fellas has some German dishes that are excellent!! Service was great! Parking sucks. Atmosphere is awesome!! Will definitely be back!

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Nashville, Arkansas
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31 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We always stop in Hays on our way to Breckenridge. We tried Gella's because I had seen it on trip adviser and guy at the hotel recommend it. First off, had to try little yellow pill beer, just for the name, but it was a good beer, kinda a mild Corona in my opinion. Tried chicken pesto pasta and loved... More 

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Kansas
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The food is different, some German, some not, I am not a big fan of the menu. The beer they make there, it is pretty darn good. It is large so big groups are welcome, but it can get loud.

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Thank KansasMomOf2Kids
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The atmosphere, the food, the beer, and service were exceptional! A Heartland Gem in the middle of Kansas ❤Definitely going back!

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
American, German, Bar, Pub, Brew Pub, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Special occasions, Kids, Large groups, Families with children, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Bar scene
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
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 117 East 11th Street, Hays, KS 67601
  • Location: United States  >  Kansas (KS)  >  Hays
  • Phone Number: +1 785-621-2739
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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