With family help, Hardy’s BBQ owner presses on after death of her husband

Even before Hardy’s BBQ founders Roxie and Corries Hardy met as adults, it seems that Corries was present in Roxie’s life while she was growing up in North Carolina.

“My husband used to come to visit my hometown when I was little and I didn’t even know it,”Roxie Hardy met Corries in Florida while visiting her cousin in Atlanta. “He would always come to the church my grandparents came to. We weren’t aware that he always was in my life — I just didn’t know it.”

Now the memory of Corries, an award-winning pitmaster, lives on in the couple’s food truck, which returned in March to the Montgomery Farm Women’s Cooperative Market in Bethesda after a hiatus. Hardy, who lives in Prince George’s County, had closed the operation after Corries died at 49 by electrocution in June 2021 while working underneath the food truck.  

After his death, Hardy also closed the couple’s takeaway shop that they ran in Bowie for four years.

“I closed down my brick and mortar in Bowie because it was just too many memories going into that building each day,”She stated this last week.

The couple started Hardy’s BBQ as a part-time gig nearly 20 years ago and in 2012 quit their full-time jobs – Corries had worked for the Montgomery County government and Roxie for Children’s National Hospital in Washington, D.C. – to run the business.

With family help, Hardy’s BBQ owner presses on after death of her husband

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