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Gella's Diner & Lb. Brewing Co.

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117 E 11th St, Hays, KS 67601-3603
+1 785-621-2739
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11:00 am - 12:00 am
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Sun - Thu 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 12:00 am
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Manhattan, Kansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This place has a little bit of something for everyone in your group. If you are beer drinker, this is your place! Service was excellent and the food came out fast for our large group (9). I might add this was on on a Friday evening and the place was packed. I had the BLT (with tons of bacon) along... More 

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Denver, Colorado, United States
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We liked Gella's. It's a friendly, clean, bright brewery with lots of room for all. The food is slightly upscale fast. I had the potato soup which was very tasty. Carl had a sandwich which was fried along with fresh fried potato chips. Carl reviewed the beer as very good and you can taste three before you commit to your... More 

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Thank Marty D
Ottawa, Kansas
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Gella's is the type of place Midwesterners would expect in reemerging areas of cities like Omaha or Kansas City. A restored native stone building, lots of space, energetic and friendly staff complement the menu. Creative dishes and traditional bar fare merge with amazing, award winning beers. A total winner from top to bottom. Hope you can parallel park!

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Thank Rick M
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Great place to eat & have a beer!! Décor is unique and trendy. Fried bologna sandwich is my husbands fav!!!

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Thank Brent W
Ellis, Kansas
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12 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Great atmosphere. All of my friends here and from out of town love going here. The food is good and the beer is great! Great place to watch the game and eat also!

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Springfield, Missouri
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Found this place via trip advisor. Traveling from Colorado to Missouri. Place is off the highway a couple of miles but worth the trip. Good was really good! We had the green bean, potato dumpling soup and it was awesome! We had to get back on road so no drinking but each menu item is paired up with a recommended... More 

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Thank SailorGirl8
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

In the middle of nowheresville, I don't expect to find a great brewery. This place proved me wrong! Great beers, excellent pretzel appetizer. Get the flight, worth it!

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Thank Jes S
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 121 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The interior is splendid, the food is great, and I can only look forward to a return visit for the brews! This is one of the places that makes downtown Hays vital and charming, but real and valuable too.

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Thank Xplorer J
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

We ahead the back room reserved for our party. It was our first time there amid a lot of locals. The chip and dip appetizer was great. The horseradish dip on the homemade chips was perfect. I had the chicken fried chicken and my partner had the salmon patties. Both were good. The wait staff was super attentive despite being... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

All I can say is "Wow." A local brewery that has been winning awards for micro brews. The food and the staff is outstanding. I went with local favorite menu listed food and finished off with a dessert. The only bad thing is that it is 1.6 miles from I-70, but we were spending the night on our way through.

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Restaurant Details

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
Cuisine
American, German, Pub, Brew Pub, Gluten Free
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Reservations
Good for
Business meetings, Families with children, Large groups, Local cuisine, Bar scene, Special occasions
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 E 11th St, Hays, KS 67601-3603
  • 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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