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Months after co-owner’s death, Hardy’s BBQ food truck returning to Bethesda

Widow says she will operate on some Saturdays, find new kitchen space

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Hardy’s BBQ food truck will return to the Bethesda Farm Women’s Cooperative Market next month — four months after co-owner Corries Hardy died.

Hardy, 49, died by electrocution on June 27 while working on the truck. His death was met by an outpouring of support from the local community, including a GoFundMe page to help support his family.

In August, friends and family gathered at the Bethesda market to celebrate the life of the barbecue truck owner, who played on the University of Miami’s 1991 national championship team.

Roxie Hardy, the widow of Corries, plans to start operating the truck again, starting Nov. 6 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Farm Women’s Market.

Hardy told Bethesda Beat on Tuesday that she’ll operate the truck a couple of Saturdays in November and a couple of Saturdays in December before shutting down for the rest of the winter.

Hardy said the business still has a commercial kitchen in Bowie, but the lease will soon be up and she plans to find a new space for the kitchen in the spring.

Hardy’s three sons will help her with the truck, just as they did before their father’s death, she said.

“They’re telling me what their dad trained them. … And we’re making it work. We’re doing a little bit at a time,” she said.

Hardy said the last several months have been emotional.

“I’ve had my sad moments. We all have had our sad moments,” she said. “My husband was my partner, somebody you work with every day, and then you’re in the same space that the person was in, but that person is not there.”

Dan Schere can be reached at daniel.schere@bethesdamagazine.com