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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 - 22:00
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Sun - Thu 11:00 - 22:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 00:00
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

In town for my brother in laws funeral. We had a group of 21 for supper at 6 pm on a Friday night. They got us in fairly quickly. Very tasty food and good service. Enjoyed it very much.

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Thank Doug E
Selden, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The atmosphere is nice and cozy, the food is really good, the music played is nice, seating doesn't take long.

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Littleton, Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We stopped in for lunch. There were five of us, two of which were children. The variety of dishes fit all of our tastes and they all tasted great.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We drive through Hays on a trip from Kansas City to Denver. Once again, the reviewers on Trip Advisor came through. We stopped at here for a quick lunch. The service was great, the food arrived very fast, and the portions were perfect. My wife had the smoked turkey sandwich and a cup of the beer cheese soup. She said... More 

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Ballwin, Missouri
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great place. Foods was delicious and the atmosphere very pleasant. Plenty of seating without being jammed up. A nice number of tv's without over doing it. The service as great.

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Andale, Kansas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We have been to Gella's in the past and always find the food delicious. It is always paired with one of their amazing brews. The service staff is knowledgeable about the menu and make good recommendations. Will definitely be back the next time I am in Hays!

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Fitchburg, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This was the first of our 8 brewpubs in 7 days on our road trip, and set a high standard. We loved the Stout and the Hefeweizen, and the food was well above typical fare, but reasonably priced. Great flavors on both salmon cakes and catfish (the latter a curious but turned out to be wonderful choice for fish and... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Our hotel clerk recommended Gella's to us. After a long day in the car we prefer to avoid the fast food restaurants found near the hotel area. It was easy to follow directions and find Gella's but it was located in the old downtown area of the city and we never would have found it on our own. On our... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If you're stopping over in Hays, this restaurant is the best we've found. It has good beer, a full bar, and very good german style food among other selections. It will be our go to restaurant on out trips to and from Frisco, CO.

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Norfolk, VA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Came to Hays on business and had to visit Gellas for dinner. I had the KC Strip steak, wife had the creamy chicken pesto pasta. (You can buy a jar of Gellas pesto, and take it home, we always do) This place is the model of a perfect pub. They are rated #1 in their market. We own a pub... More 

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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, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Groups, Bar Scene, Local cuisine, Business meetings
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 - 22:00
Monday
11:00 - 22:00
Tuesday
11:00 - 22:00
Wednesday
11:00 - 22:00
Thursday
11:00 - 22:00
Friday
11:00 - 00:00
Saturday
11:00 - 00:00
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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