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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” (19 reviews)
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American, German, Bar, Pub, Brew Pub, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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117 E 11th St, Hays, KS 67601-3603
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Reviewed 2 October 2016 via mobile

great bar and comfort food choices with a personalized touch, excellent beer choices that rotate seasonally... service has always been solid for us (we travel with toddlers so this is saying a lot)... easy to recommend for anyone looking for a bite to eat or...More

Thank chuckybear
Reviewed 1 October 2016 via mobile

We're driving across Kansas to Colorado with our family and stopped here for lunch. I'm so glad we chose stopping here to eat instead of somewhere quick in the car. The food was fantastic, staff friendly, restaurant was clean and overall we had a wonderful...More

Thank jenmren
Reviewed 25 September 2016

Great brew pub. The beers are very good. I had the IPA and the Brown, my wife had the Pale and the Amber - all 4 were top notch. We both had sandwiches the Rueben and the bierock - both were great. Service was great...More

Thank RedSoxVa
Reviewed 23 September 2016

This seems to have become our regular stop when in Hays, KS. and everytime we have eaten here it has lived up to the hype. Prices are fair for the meal that you receive. This evening I tried the Country Style Steak and my Son...More

Thank J63P
Reviewed 23 September 2016 via mobile

I had the mushroom pecan veggie burger with provolone. It was delicious! Good variety of beers brewed on site, and samples were available to help with selection. Interesting space, friendly helpful service. Highly recommended!

Thank Qmyrtle
Reviewed 21 September 2016 via mobile

Has German style food. Always clean. Very modern. Local brews are good when in stock. Have lived in the area about a year, visit Gella's about every other month, still haven't been able to try a menu listed brew because it is never available. Food...More

Thank Misty C
Reviewed 20 September 2016 via mobile

I got the 5.95 lunch - sauerkraut soup and 1/2 BLT and my husband got the falafel sandwich with asparagus side. Beautifully prepared and very tasty. Wish we could try the brews but we are on the road😂

Thank trailrunnerOpelikaAL
Reviewed 19 September 2016 via mobile

Glad we went a bit off the exit (a few miles). It was a fun, vibrant restaurant brew house with pretty good food. Chix fried chix with creamed corn was good - only complaint was that the creamed corn was not hot, just slightly warm....More

Thank artsiren
Reviewed 19 September 2016

Atmosphere is fun and food is wonderful. Great service and Bear sampler is worth every penny. The flat bread is a must with Honey. Yum!

Thank Brenda H
Reviewed 18 September 2016

We stayed in Hays,Kansas on our way to Denver and it was a very good choice. Gella's diner and. Lb.Brewing Co. made the stay worth while. We never would have expected to find a jewel like this. Their brews were very good and the food...More

Thank George S
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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
Brenton A
3 March 2016|
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I don't know. Call and ask.
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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
Child-friendly, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Bar Scene, Kids, 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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