Santee Chick-fil-A begins its fifth year of serving customers with celebration on Monday night, March 5th

June 17, 2024 – Our town took a magical trip down memory lane today. The Model T Ford Club of America rolled into town for their 2024 National Tour. 

Dozens of these magnificent Model T’s lined our streets. It felt like stepping back in time.

The visitors took a stroll through our town’s rich history, from the old Lakeside Inn, the Auto Speedway route, made famous by racing legend Barney Oldfield, to our charming historic buildings and homes.

The Lakeside Historical Society opened their doors, welcoming everyone to explore the chapel, museum, Gift Shop, and the Speedway monument. It was a little slice of the past brought back to life.

Their visit was short, but the memories will last a lifetime. A huge thank you to the Model T Ford Club of America for stopping by and making the day in our hometown so special.

The Santee Chick-fil-A restaurant, 9418 Mission Gorge Road, Santee, will celebrate the start of its fifth year of serving customers on Monday evening, March 6. The public is invited to attend the celebration to be held between 5 and 8 p.m. Chick-fil-A officials said the celebration will recreate the experience when the store opened in late February 2013.

“It’s already been four years and it’s been an honor to serve all of our customers,” said Kyle Steck, owner/operator, Santee Chick-fil-A.

At the Monday, March 6th celebration, Steck said the first 100 people in line will receive a free Chick-fil-A sandwich plus a Polaroid photo with the Chick-fil-A cow mascot. The first 40 people in line (among the first 100) will receive a free sandwich, photo with the cow mascot and a cool Chick-fil-A cup plus a coupon for a return visit. And, the first 15 people in line (among the first 100) will receive a free sandwich, photo with the cow mascot, cool cup and coupon, as well as a cool bag of swag. Everybody who wears an article of clothing in red, which is Chick-fil-A’s color, will receive a free special-edition anniversary cookie sundae that will be served only on Monday, March 6.

The store will be decorated with a red carpet entrance and balloons. Plus, a disc jockey will play your favorite tunes. For more information and updated photos, visit the Santee Chick-fil-A Facebook page,

Steck, a San Diego native and graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, has led the store since August 2015. His parents attended Patrick Henry High School and Kyle attended La Jolla Country Day School while growing up in San Diego. Kyle attended the U.S. Naval Academy from 2002 to 2006. His active-duty career from 2006 to 2011 included time spent on two ships, and he retired as a lieutenant. Kyle sold dental equipment in Texas for several years before joining Chick-fil-A. Kyle and wife Jamie are raising a daughter, age 3.