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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
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Reviewed 18 May 2016 via mobile

Delicious burger and fries. Wonderful atmosphere...live the brick road and building. Came in 1/2 hr before closing, after a day on the road. Our server was wonderful...welcoming,helpful and efficient.

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Reviewed 13 May 2016 via mobile

I had read good reviews, but had just not tried it. My mistake. It's now my favorite place in Hays. The menu has some old favorites, however it also has some less common choices. I had the Schnitzelwich with their house kettle chips and it was really good. Definitely give them a try.

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Twin Oaks, Missouri, United States
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Reviewed 13 May 2016

In "downtown" Hays the place has character, an excellent selection of beer from its mirco brewery and a wide meal selection. Surprised at first to find a German twinge to some of the entrees but, on reading about Hays, learned that the early settlers in the area were German farmers.

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Lakeland, Florida
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Reviewed 10 May 2016 via mobile

Wow, what a place. Best service ever and we had at least 20 at our table. Sorry can't remember his name not one error and always there to see if we needed anything else. Everyone raved about how good the food was. I had the salmon burger. Hubby and brother in law had the schnitzelwich Excellent, sister in law had... More 

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Lexington Park, Maryland
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 May 2016

Nice brewpub in downtown Hays. Great fish tacos, beer and ambiance. Service was a bit disorganized, but waiter was friendly. I would definitely go back.

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Bozeman, Montana
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 May 2016

What a fabulous place. What a great find and great treat for us. The atmosphere is fun and comfortable. The entire staff is pleasant and cheerful. The wait staff knows the menu, and can make excellent suggestions even beyond what is on the menu with regard to which beers to have with which entrees or sandwiches. We were more than... More 

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Reviewed 5 May 2016

There must be more to be discovered in this classic small-town in the middle of Kansas Prairie Country. We parked the car and took a walk around several downtown blocks, just to get a feel for the place: the grain elevator by the railroad tracks, the row of shop windows on main street, a dance school, a workout place, a... More 

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Parker, Colorado, United States
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Reviewed 27 April 2016 via mobile

We ordered their special rueben sandwich and a turkey club sandwich... Both we excellent. We had kettle chips that were fresh and not greasy!

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Kansas City, MO
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Reviewed 27 April 2016 via mobile

Every time I'm in the area I make sure I stop here for dinner and fresh beer. My meal was fantastic. I also order a flight of beers. I really liked their black IPA. If in the area stop here. Eating here is a reason to stay the night in Hays.

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Great Bend, Kansas
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Reviewed 25 April 2016

My family and I have been going to this restaurant for years. It is a great meeting place, the restaurant has lots of space and great food. The wait-staff is usually very friendly too.

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