A Berry restaurant closed indefinitely last week, less than two months after the Berry bypass opened.
It is believed Little Fork Little Spoon experienced a downturn in business when the bypass opened, and shut down as a result.
Berry Chamber of Commerce spokeswoman Jean Sorensen said businesses often experience a lull in August-September.
According to Mrs Sorensen, the closure of Little Fork Little Spoon is an anomaly.
“Some people are saying they’re doing better, because local people will come into their stores now,” Mrs Sorensen said.
“I’m doing better than I normally would at this time of year at Berry Shoes, a couple of cafe owners have said the same thing.
“IGA is a little bit down, but it could be the loss of Fulton Hogan workers, IGA will pick up again.”