March 5, 2009
As they say in the movie, everything is related to Greek in some way. Well, that holds true of the Mackenzie Market where, along with basic market essentials and motorcycle parts, the Scottish named establishment also sells Greek food that, according to reports, is quite tasty. Yanni, a native Santa Barbarian, has owned the market on the corner of Calle Palo Colorado and State for over twenty years. He was the owner way back when it was a Mobil Gas station.
Federal regulations meant the end-of-line for many individually owned gas stations in the late 1990's, and this Mobil station (like the one on Foothill and 154) was no exception. At that time, Yanni covered up the flying horse logo in the circular sign (which previously had covered up a Texaco logo), converted the mini-mart to a mini-market, and renamed the business after the park across the street.
The city of Santa Barbara said that he had too many driveways, so they made him put up a chain over one of them. It's not the most attractive thing in the world, but it keeps cars from using the parking lot as a turning around point.
From behind his food counter, Yanni has a picture window view of the controversial Wye intersection. He's seen cars speed through there for many years, but he doesn't see any problems. People just need to look both ways before they cross.
Identifying the location of the sign earned contestants 1 March Edness point.
* See what the Edness contestants guessed for this picture.
THIS LOCATION ON THE MAP
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