14-year-old Mason Wright opened his restaurant Mason’s Super Dogs on Oct.17 becoming the youngest restaurant owner in Georgia according to FOX 5.
“This is what I wanted, but it hasn’t been easy at all,” Wright told FOX 5. Wright says he did get some pushback from DeKalb County and state officials once he insisted on being listed as a business partner and owner not with his parents but with his 22-year-old sister.
“They kept trying to take my name off the building because they kept saying, ‘How can a 14 year old own all of this?’ But it worked. We got the place renovated, repainted, got the kitchen ready and I got an ‘A’ on my inspection,” Wright said.
“So this place was really important to me because I could stack as many hot dogs as I want and go for hours and hours and hours. With the cart, when I ran out of hot dogs, I had to shut it down and that’s not good for business,” the home-schooled eighth-grader said.
Wright credits Morehouse College business students, WOAK radio personality Rashad Richey and the Russell Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship for teaching the skills he needed to learn to run a successful business.
“I can’t tell you the feeling of pride that washed over me when he sent me a picture of that perfect score on his inspection with a text that said, ‘I did it, Mr. Jay.’ I started my first business when I was 12 and so now to be able to go over and support him right down the street from where I grew up is special,” said RCIE president and CEO Jay Bailey who started mentoring Mason two years ago.
“He sought me out. He pitched his business, told me about his business strategy. He told me where he wanted to go, told me he wanted to be a 16-year-old millionaire and quite honestly, I was floored,” said the DeKalb County native.