Remembering Roy’s Place in Gaithersburg

Since its closing in 2013, the absence of Roy’s Place has left a hole in the hearts of many current and former MoCo residents. According to the now-defunct Roy’s Place website, the restaurant began serving their 200+ sandwiches in Rockville in 1955. After a couple moves within Rockville, they settled in at 2 E Diamond Ave in Olde Towne Gaithersburg in 1971.

“The Bender Schmender” (corned beef, turkey, roast pork, chicken liver pate & golden brisket with lettuce, tomato, golden sauce & a psychiatric appointment) and “The Raunchy Raymond” (ham, crab salad, Swiss cheese, bacon, tomato & golden sauce all broiled on choice of bread) are just two examples of the kind of sandwich you would find on the menu.

Roy Passin, the original owner, was a huge part of Roy’s Place until his passing in May of 2009 at 87. Many say the restaurant just wasn’t the same during the four years it lasted without him. His creative sandwich ideas, based on what his friends enjoyed and the ingredients available in the restaurant, grew the menu from 2 pages to 23, according to a 2009 Gazette article. By all accounts, Roy was a larger than life type of guy. There was a rumor that he once ran a man out of his restaurant while wielding a meat cleaver. In an interview with Frederick News Post in 2003, he stated that “It never happened in Gaithersburg…it happened in Rockville.”


Several years ago, one of our readers, Brad Herson, was kind of enough to send in photos of the entire Roy’s Place menu from 1973, which can be seen below. An online copy of the menu circa 2012 can be found here

Featured image courtesy of Google Maps.

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