Mason Wright Wiki, Biography
Mason Wright was 9 years old walking through Times Square in 2015 with his older sister when he noticed long lines around several hot dog carts. If he could reinvent the idea in his home in the South, he said, he would never have to ask his parents for an allowance again.
“I knew he could take the business concept and improve it,” said Mason, now 14 and the owner of Mason’s Super Dogs, his take-out hot dog restaurant in Stonecrest, Georgia. He opened the store in October, making him the state’s youngest restaurant owner.
Mason Wright Age
Mason Wright is 14 years old.
Mason Wright Parents
Jerome Wright, Mason’s father, said he always knew his son was not an “average” kid. “Every time we went to a store, he would ask if they would hire him to pack groceries, pick up carts, or sweep the parking lot, but he was too young. In the end, he started thinking of all these different ideas about how he could make extra money.”
Mason made a deal with his parents and grandparents; if he could keep his grades high, they would help him buy a little red hot dog cart. He kept his promise, consistently bringing home A’s.
“He got on and brought me his report card every six weeks,” said Jerome, who works as a coordinator for a trucking company. “He sees the routine and the hard work required to be successful.”
Jerome called his son “the most popular kid in Dekalb County” and an example of someone who persevered to carry out a vision. “If you hang on, no matter what you are trying to achieve, then the sky is the limit,” he said. “If you want it, you can get it. No one can stop you.”
Mason’s vision has been transformed from carts to a 200-square-foot corner restaurant serving more than 400 custom hot dogs and vegan dogs with fresh ingredients every day. Take the Firestorm, for example; a minced chicken dog with buffalo sauce, or Professor Dilly, served inside a giant pickle. PETA recognized Mason’s vegan dogs as some of the best in the country.
“I usually do most of the work, but we have fun doing it,” Mason said. “My clients are really nice and personable. The online reviews are great, but the hardest part of running the business is being patient and waiting for the clients to come by. When they do, I get a big smile on my face.”
Mason and another full-time employee prepare the food and manage the kitchen during normal business hours. His sister, mother, and aunt help operate the point of sale system and deliver orders to customers. “The business has been great because the community has come out, shown how supportive it is, buying several hot dogs at the same time and being very patient with us while we operate the restaurant,” Mason said.
Mason arrives at the restaurant around 7 a.m., homeschooling for three hours through Zoom, spends an hour preparing the kitchen before the doors open at 11 a.m. and maintains the routine from Tuesday to Saturday until the restaurant closes at 6 p.m.
“Homeschooling is a lot of fun,” she said. “My teachers understand that I have a business, so if I am very busy with the restaurant, they will accompany me if I miss something.”
Around the same time he visited New York City in 2015, Mason began working to earn enough money to buy science kits. She began walking dogs, mowing grass, and washing cars in her neighborhood. At school, she sold candy and snacks that she bought with her Christmas money because his school did not have vending machines.
“My teachers wondered why at the beginning of the day I would have this big backpack, and at the end of the day, it would be a small backpack,” Mason said.
In 2018, Mason began selling his hot dogs at Morehouse College from an upgraded New York-style cart after losing a business competition on campus. However, Mason convinced the school president, David Thomas, to let him open a store outside of the university bookstore.
“He said as long as he has A, then he could sell hot dogs on campus,” Mason said. “I had a lot of student traffic at all the Atlanta University Center colleges and it was a lot of fun.”
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The young entrepreneur developed his business plan at the Russell Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, the incubator named after black business magnate Herman J. Russell. Mason’s business covered the incubator movie nights on the weekends. Mason said the incubator’s CEO, Jay Bailey, taught him not to be shy.
“Mason’s Super Dogs is the only project that started and stayed with him,” Jerome said. “Mason eats, sleeps and lives that hot dog stand. That’s all he talks about. He makes sure everything is in order because his name is on it.”
Mason initially thought his cart would turn into a food truck, but the coronavirus pandemic halted those plans, prolonging the process to obtain his business license, permits and health inspection. But Mason prevailed, using his own funds to lease the restaurant’s current location and renovate it with the help of his family.
“When I first saw that the location was empty, the property owner lowered the price due to COVID-19,” Mason said. “So my family and I got together, painted and fixed the air conditioning, the fans and the ceiling, and here we are.”
Mason’s family contributed 20% of the overall startup costs used to purchase the permits and licenses, Jerome said. The teen’s mother also helped him complete the necessary paperwork for the property; His father delivers all the supplies to the restaurant and his sister is his silent partner who shares the lease with him.
When Mason’s Super Dogs finally opened on October 17, long lines stretched across the parking lot to the adjacent plaza, much like the ones he was inspired by in Manhattan. Overwhelmed by the success of the grand opening, Jerome offered words of encouragement to his son. “I told him chaos means he’s making money and doing something good. If he could get people to line up for an hour, that would mean something,” Jerome said. “I still can’t believe he made it.”
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Since opening, Mason has upgraded with more kitchen appliances and increased their supply orders to reduce long wait times in long lines. “There is definitely room for improvement, but we are definitely working every day to make those changes,” Mason added.
After high school, Mason plans to attend Morehouse and major in business or engineering. He hopes to expand his business in five years and turn it into a franchise. He lives off a cliché that fuels his passion. “Do what you love to not work a day of your life,” he said. “Don’t wait to start your business. Just do it.”