Joseph J. Keenan III
Joseph J. Keenan III
General Manager

General Manager Joseph J. Keenan III has been a hospitality professional for over 25 years.

He brings a wealth of fine dining experience from a number of boutique restaurants and hotels.  He is a veteran of Relais & Châteauxproperties, having travelled the “Route du Bonheur” from Blantyre to The Inn at Dos Brisas.

Joseph is especially passionate about food and wine.  Having had the good fortune of studying under the Master Sommeliers such as Luis Torres and Evan Goldstein.  Together with our talented staff, he looks forward to “crafting memorable experiences for our guests at The White Horse Tavern.”

Rich Silvia
Rich Silvia
Executive Chef

Chef Rich Silvia brings a wealth of culinary experience and passion to The White Horse kitchen. He’s a native Rhode Islander, proud husband and father of two wonderful boys, and he began his association with the Tavern in 2001 as Executive Sous Chef. From there he advanced to Executive Chef at Vanderbilt Hall Hotel and the Carnegie Abbey Club. Before returning to The White Horse in 2009, Chef Rich was Executive Sous Chef at Johnson & Wales University helping hundreds of culinary students learn the art and business of fine food. In his current capacity Chef Rich taps into an impressive network of Rhode Island’s artisan foodies, local farmers, fishermen and specialty purveyors. His food is fresh, creative and fabulous – from farm to table without any pretense. He’s the perfect complement for a no-nonsense tavern that’s been satisfying hungry Newporters for over 350 years.


The White Horse Tavern is always interested in having professional career-minded individuals join our family.

For interest in Joining Our Culinary Team, Please E-mail executive chef Rich Silvia.

For interest in Joining Our Talented Service Team, Please Email Tavern HR.


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