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Gella's Diner & Lb. Brewing Co.

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American, German, Pub, Brew Pub
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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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Summitville, Ny
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19 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

First off, Hays is a pretty cool town. A college town with a bunch of history in fact. My wife and I were pleasantly surprised by our stop here for the night. The biggest and most pleasant surprise though was Gellas. We were there on a Thursday night and were seated immediately at around 7:15. The place (it is huge)... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Gella's Diner was a nice surprise in the small town of Hays. Great atmosphere and great cocktails. Surprisingly diverse menu, with multiple vegetarian options which is always a nice suprise! Keep up the good work!

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Hays, Kansas
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Good place to eat to try something different and drink a good beer. Atmosphere is great and staff are friendly

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Overland Park, Kansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

On a stay in Hays, KS heading to Estes Park Colorado, we visited this dinner and brewery one night for dinner. All the beers were excellent and the food was really good. Nice building that had a very nice interior and layout. Will stop again in the future.

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Traveling through and stayed in Hays. Clerk at our hotel recommended Gella's as best place in town. Husband loved the Pesto Chicken, red potatoes and vegetables. I had the kid/senior portion of chicken and noodles over mashed potatoes with a house salad. Very good, fresh and prepared just right. So nice to get a good meal on the road, good... More 

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Silverton, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Gella's Diner & Brewing Co. Is an excellent place to taste a variety of award winning beers. The menu is varied & anyone can find something they want. The chef is always experimenting with ethnic dishes. We love their grebble (fried bread), served with syrup & sunflower pesto.

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Hays, Kansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Staff is very accommodating, wine, food and beer are always great. The specials are something we look forward to, they are so popular, you must arrive early before they run out!

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Thank gretta2016
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

I had the opportunity to stop by this local establishment and take in their sample beer flight. Eight samples of four ounces a piece was plenty! I didn't have a chance to eat and it was a quick stopover. Zach the bartender was knowledgeable and friendly.

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Springfield, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This is a great place to stop if you have been driving across Kansas all day! We tried the chips and homemade dips and the Chicken Fried Chicken dinner. Everything thing came out super fast and tasted great! We will return the next time we are driving to CO.

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Springfield, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

We are on a trip out West. Stopped here last year. This trip made stop in Hays just to eat here. We both had salmon and white beans. Just awesome. Make there own beer too. American Wheat was very good. I highly recommend. And it is not too far off interstate.

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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
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, 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, Special occasions, Large groups, Bar scene, Local cuisine, Families with children
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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