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Mason Wright: Georgia’s Youngest Black Restaurant Owner
At just 14 years old, Mason Wright is Georgia’s youngest restaurant owner.
Located in Stonecrest, Wright is the founder of Mason’s Super Dogs, a grab-and-go hotdog spot.
He first got the idea after a trip to New York City at the age 9. He told CBS News he was walking in Times Square when he noticed people standing in long lines near the hotdog carts. His initial thought was to launch a business so he would never have to ask his parents for allowance money again.
“I knew I could take the business concept and improve it,” said Wright.
Mason’s Super Dogs went from food carts to a 200 square-foot restaurant that serves more than 400 customized hot dogs and vegan dogs, which opened in October 2020.
“I’m usually doing most of the work but we’re having fun doing it,” Mason said. “My customers are really friendly and nice. The reviews online are great but the hardest part of running the business is being patient and waiting for customers to stop by. When they do, I get a really big smile on my face.”
When Wright is not in the kitchen, he’s homeschooling for three hours on zoom. His other time is spent holding down the kitchen Tuesday through Saturday.
On the menu are The Justice Dog–a beef hot dog topped with onions, sour cream, spicy mustard, and BBQ; and the FIRE Storm Dog, a beef dog topped with freshly chopped chicken and buffalo sauce.
There are also vegan options, including The Don Diablo Dog, a vegan dog topped with salsa, queso fritos, and lettuce; and The Venus Dog, a vegan dog with lettuce, onions, tomatoes, and jalapeno papers.