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Gella's Diner & Lb. Brewing Co.

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$$ - $$$
American, German, Bar, Pub, Brew Pub
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117 East 11th Street, Hays, KS 67601
+1 785-621-2739
Today
11:00 - 22:00
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Sun - Thu 11:00 - 22:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 00:00
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Arkansas
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256 reviews
115 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Hard to compare to other Hays restaurants, good enough we will visit again, passing through town and heard of this place, fun atmosphere

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Shawnee Mission
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123 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

It was a cold winter night. Wanted a bowl of soup. Couldn't make up my mind between a sauerkraut soup or a green bean soup. So I ordered both. Still can't makeup my mind. They were both really good. My wife had a grilled cheese sandwich off the kids/ seniors menu. Good but nothing special. Plus she had a side... More 

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Lee's Summit, Missouri
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

If anyone is heading east or west along I-70 and you approach Hays,you have to look this establishment up and stop and eat. The food was absolutely amazing!!!! I had a hard time making a choice on what to eat because everything on the menu looked great. I decided to go with the Smoked German Sausage w/kraut and homemade kettle... More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

we went about 5 miles out of our way toward home from Colorado and were SO glad. We picked up Greubens to go (our little dog was with us so we had to eat in the car). Best reuben we've had in years! Even the toasted marble rye was better than most!

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Lacey, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Had dinner during our stop in Hays. I'm a big fan of getting off the beaten path and trying local businesses. Loved the atmosphere. Service was very good. My son had a chicken burrito, I had the brewban. Both good. I had their brown ale, #58; good, not great.

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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72 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Have driven through Hays 3 times this year. The 3rd time was a charm. Heading home from CO on I-70 looked up what would be in Hays. Never going far (100 yards or so) from I-70) and feeling adventurous, tonight we ventured into town. This place was a find a refurbished block from the early 19 teens and thirties. Skip... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I always recommend people get away from I-70 when stopping in Hays and try Gella's. Excellent, locally inspired choices. Kid meals are actually good quality food while being picky eater friendly. Great beer to try if you aren't the driver; I specifically enjoy the lemon beer.

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Thank Katie G
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Stopped for lunch on our way through Kansas! Cool place! Clean! Huge selection of food. Kettle chips are really good. Looking forward to coming back to sample their award winning brews!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Stopped passing through from Denver to Kansas City, and very happy. Great brews and food was excellent as well.

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Ashland, MO
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great menu and excellent service. They have a great beer menu and I had a lemon beer, one of the most unique I have ever had. Great kids menu too. The place is big and has a great atmosphere.

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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
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
Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Bar Scene, Groups
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 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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