Barry Schwartz Passes Away (Owner of B.J. Pumpernickels in Olney)

by MCS Staff

We are sad to report that Barry Schwartz, one of the owners of B.J. Pumpernickels, passed away today.

For over 20 years BJ Pumpernickels in Olney served amazing sandwiches, breakfast all day, and had one of the best pickle bars in the area!

It was located in the Olney Town Center Shopping Center from 1989 until the start of 2010. 

When Harris Teeter made plans to move in, owner Barry Schwartz was offered other locations in the shopping center, but ultimately decided to close for good.

Our condolences go out to his friends and family.

Featured photo courtesy of Walt McKee.


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Sara October 3, 2019 - 12:58 pm

Our deepest condolences go out to Barry’s family and all who knew him. I have such fond memories of going to Pumpernickels with my family. What’s going to happen to his current restaurant, Mike & Barry’s, in Silver Spring?

Sara October 3, 2019 - 4:07 pm

Nevermind. My parents (the ones who thought it was the same Barry) are now saying they only THINK one of the owners of Mike & Barrys is associated with Pumpernickles, but they aren’t sure. It could very well be a different Barry.

Pamela October 3, 2019 - 11:16 pm

Condolences…prayers to the prayers.????

Bobbie and Dan Arnheim October 4, 2019 - 1:15 pm

We always ate there before seeing a play at Olney Theatre…more than just great food…always a smile and a pleasant interaction with all the staff. .sad when it closed and even sadder to hear of Barry’s passing…condolences to the family and may good memories help comfort you all during this most difficult time

Pamela October 3, 2019 - 11:16 pm

Condolences…prayers to the family. ????

Hedy sturman October 4, 2019 - 6:23 pm

So sorry to hear the sad news
He was a great guy.

Vicki Smink October 4, 2019 - 8:53 pm

Prayers to Barry’s family. I remember one time when Barry came to the hospital I worked at, I went to visit him and brought him a plate of cookies. He was so happy I remembered him.
God Bless you, Barry. You were a true Mensch!
Memory Eternal.❤

Marlene J Smith October 4, 2019 - 10:16 pm

Prayers for the family. Worked for Barry & Jerry for 2.5 years.

Barry was truly a funny man. He would have us in stitches. 🙂

Walt McKee October 5, 2019 - 5:23 pm

We loved B.J. Pumpernickel’s, it was good for any occasion! Special moments with my daughters, a working breakfast, a meal out with friends! We’ve missed it very much.


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