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Gella's Diner & Lb. Brewing Co.

₹₹ - ₹₹₹American, German,
117 E 11th St, Hays, KS 67601-3603
+1 785-621-2739
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  • Excellent66%
  • Very good26%
  • Average6%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“sauerkraut soup” (29 reviews)
“kettle chips” (20 reviews)
“reuben” (22 reviews)
Open Now
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM Hours
American, German, Bar, Pub, Brew Pub, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
₹₹ - ₹₹₹
117 E 11th St, Hays, KS 67601-3603
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Reviewed 2 days ago

It was a nice little spot for dinner and a tasty brew and a good meal while staying the night in Hays. I found it refreshing to find a spot like it in nowhere Kansas where I am used to chain spots for food. Don't...More

Thank abs0lutev
Reviewed 6 days ago

we split the arrachera chimichurri @ $ 14.50 -- excellent. the steamed veggies @ $ 3.95 -- v. good. fries were v thick and tasty. waitress -- kaylor -- guided us to non-spicy items. special pint @ $3.00 also nice.

Thank travelroc12
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We were directed to this brewery several years ago as a good spot for soup and sandwich lunch while travelling. After that road trip, we kept saying the best reuben was in Hays Kansas. It was fun to find it again. And great to get...More

Thank 416grc
Reviewed 1 week ago

A meal there is what you'd expect to get from a bowling alley. Bar food that is terribly overpriced for how small the portions are. Even if it may be a "fancy dish" it is extremely overpriced. I tried ordering a grilled chicken breast on...More

Thank Whitney M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

On a cross country road trip, our best meal was here in downtown Hays. Geographically t may seem like the middle of not much, but what a great find for dinner. Since the fried pickles were gone by the time we arrived, we opted to...More

Thank AlpacaMama
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We were given this recommendation by a local who said we wouldn’t be disappointed, he was absolutely correct. The burger was above average, the custom fries outstanding, the dill pickle soup unique and a tad salty, however the bierock smothered with cheese was sensational bliss....More

Thank markwE5397ED
Reviewed 10 October 2018 via mobile

A brewpub where the food was king. Dill pickle and sauerkraut soups certainly got our attention. Packaged with paninis, fried balogna and cheese sandwiches and burgers stacked high with your favorite sides. Had one of the best Mexican corn on cob ever. Simply put it...More

Thank Robert L
Reviewed 10 October 2018 via mobile

Several of the menu items included novel ingredients or unique preparation methods. Our choices were very delicious & well prepared. Our drink selections were equally creative & delicious. We also noted that kids meals came in cardboard vintage 50’s car boxes. Decor was eclectic &...More

Thank rond366
Reviewed 9 October 2018

We visited Hays and Lb brewing a few years ago. It was good then and good now. Lb was an unexpected oasis in a small town. The food was good too.

Thank geobarter
Reviewed 4 October 2018 via mobile

First requirement, find a local place showing Monday night football. Gella's delivered! Excellent tv's, high top tables, and decor. Also have regular tables. Next, Aimee (our wait person) was amazing...full of energy, always there when needed, and could carry a conversation. I went for the...More

Thank BaldEagle74
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29 May 2018|
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Response from mrsk672016 | Reviewed this property |
They have a Facebook page. You can ask a specific question on there and they will answer.
31 May 2017|
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Response from Momma12345678 | Reviewed this property |
Yes....their kids meals come out in a cardboard car. They have a kids menu too.
Rod D
23 July 2016|
Response from TulsaTraveler13 | Reviewed this property |
Just got this. Is it still relevant? Really can't answer brewing questions but it is off highway 183
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly, Bar Scene, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Groups
Open Hours
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 12:00 AM
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
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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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