In its first inception Sunday Painters was a pop up restaurant, operating sporadically in various hired halls in central Auckland from 2006-9. Organized by a group of friends – Tommy Govorko, James Kirkwood, Esther Lamb, Marcus Lush, Karl Maughan, Brita McVeigh, Emily Perkins and Isobel Thom, who, all having some degree of hospitality work in their pasts sought to revive the camaraderie and common purpose of running a restaurant, while creating a sense of community to those working often alone in the creative arts.
In mid 2011 Sunday Painters employed Beki Lamb, former chef at Stella and more recently head chef at Ella , who together with top gun Lukrecya Craw now run the kitchen. The food has moved away from the rustic simplicity of the early days, and evolved more complexity and sophistication, and a unique Sunday Painters style. The menu changes seasonally, using only the finest local produce and free farmed meats, and always has daily food and wine specials.