NATIMUK is again without a cafe, after new owners Lucy Crowe and Greg Trenery announced they would not be continuing with the business.
It comes as several businesses in Horsham are evolving to survive the cornavirus pandemic.
Ms Crowe, of Grass Flat, took over operating the cafe in January, before having to close its doors in April.
"I didn't make a decision for a few weeks, but it's really hard on us as a couple, trying to run that and our own businesses together.
"Our lifestyles made it a bit tough too: We don't live in Natimuk and I was commuting so there was a lot of driving time. The pandemic played a role as well, but it wasn't the only reason."
Ms Crowe is now working with the Wimmera Catchment Management Authority planting trees
"It could be a year before (the cafe) comes back, because the way the virus is going now, there is the potential we might go back into lockdown again," she said.
She said whoever took over the establishment needed to be prepared to "work harder than you ever have in your entire life".
Building owner Kevin Lindorff said the cafe would reopen if "suitable people wanting to lease it" could be found.
Chris McClure, Horsham Rural City Council's Coordinator Business Development and Tourism, said in a statement up to 20 Horsham businesses had diversified into new markets since the pandemic began to affect the municipality. He did not give specific examples.
"Since the relaxation of some restrictions there have been businesses changing to offer services to the agricultural sector when this was normally specialised services," he said.
"The Horsham Rural City Council established its Business Support Team which was made up of staff from the Wimmera Business Centre, the events team and the Business Development and Tourism area. This team made contact directly with businesses to offer support and advice. A weekly newsletter was established to provide that advice and this is continuing.
"What has been observed with businesses through the pandemic and moving forward is that social distancing and hygiene measures will likely remain post pandemic. It is also noted that restaurants may be looking to keep their take away service as well as offer their in house dining options."
Mr McClure said while the pandemic had far from run its course, there was a desire in the business community for recovery planning.
"To this end the Horsham Rural City Council has drafted a COVID Business and Community Support Package to assist the most effected businesses through," he said.
The package is included in the Council's draft budget 2020-21, which is available for feedback until Tuesday at 5pm.
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