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“Excellent restaurant”

Gella's Diner & Lb. Brewing Co.
Ranked #1 of 94 Restaurants in Hays
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: American, German, Brew Pub
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Good for: Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Business meetings, Bar Scene, Groups
Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Reservations
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.
Reviewed 20 April 2014

Great casual dining , great food . Large selection.
Had a short wait for a party of six, great server.

Thank kling
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Reviewed 11 April 2014

We stopped for dinner on a Wednesday evening. The restaurant and bar area are spacious and adjoin the brew-making area which makes for a unique "country diner meets brew pub" kind of ambiance. There are several TVs in the bar area showing sporting events. The menu includes a page of comfort food entrees like meatloaf and "chicken fried chicken". There are standard salads and tasty sandwiches as well.
Service was exceptional. Our waiter was friendly and helpful with suggestions. The kitchen was incredibly fast in getting out our food (they were less than 50% full when we ate). Our food was warm and tasted fresh. We tried one of their award-winning craft beers, which was very agreeable and went well with the food. Prices are reasonable and on par with food quality.
Overall, a satisfying meal, but expecting an exceptional and memorable experience could leave you disappointed.

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Thank DPLowcountry
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Reviewed 5 April 2014

Where else can you watch a giant brewery AND get excellent food? They have an excellent range of culture food for the whole family! A tad bit pricey, but in the end, worth it!

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Thank Caytlin H
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Reviewed 29 March 2014

We have eaten at Gella's over the years and it has always been fair to good. Two weeks ago, my daughter and I went there for lunch. My daughter ordered a steak, and I ordered a quesdilla . My daughter's steak was fatty and tough with no taste. It was like they had just threw a frozen steak on the grill with salt and pepper maybe...pretty tasteless. My quesdilla was not much better. They had used THOUSAND ISLAND dressing, with The dreaded canned cheese, very grisly chicken and very raw onion. YUCK! Maybe a bad "cook" day .......I hope so because for $45.00 for the both of us, It just doesn't want to make me go back anytime soon.

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Thank diada332
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Reviewed 29 March 2014 via mobile

You MUST stop here if you're driving through Hays. And if you live in any of the Kansas-bordering states, it is every bite worth a road-trip!

We were driving through and stopped in to find some of the best beer and food of our entire cross-country trek. Their pale ale was fantastic, as was their very generous sampler. We enjoyed an excellent salmon burger and a turkey brewben--both dishes were fresh, flavorful, and uniquely prepared. The garlic fries are amazing, as is their chocolate-stout brownie. So if you're in the area, or even if you're not, Gella and Lb. will not disappoint and make you want to drive through Kansas again!

Thank lonestarsky
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