But life has a knack of delivering silver linings and redundancy provided Ms Bonnar with the opportunity to open a cafe.
Ms Bonnar co-owns the fledgling Crooked Fork Cafe in Victoria Park with Bobbie Janssen.
The owners hope to attract customers by offering vegan, vegetarian, lactose and gluten free options at no extra cost.
Ms Janssen believed the cafe had been cathartic for her colleague.
‘The fact that her job was let go earlier this year was such a driving force behind the Crooked Fork Cafe,’ she said.
‘At one point it was to prove to herself that she could do it, but it was also a dedication to the cause and passion for coffee.’
Ms Janssen hoped the business would add vibrancy to the burgeoning bistro scene in Victoria Park.
‘Community is such a major driver for us and we have been really lucky to become part of the Victoria Park community,’ she said.
‘We are launching a few initiatives to continue our dedication and support of the community, including a clean-up day and letting local artists paint on our walls.’
Ms Janssen hoped to provide a quality service for customers.
‘We hope people will identify with our quality of food and especially our coffee,’ she said. ‘Hopefully it will be a bit different.
‘We are also keen for customer service to set us apart.’