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 & Châteaux properties, 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.”

Carlton "CJ" Mitchell
Executive Chef

In 2015, CJ graduated from Johnson & Wales University in the Culinary Arts Program. An internship and a Global Leadership Development Program at the Newport Marriott turned into a full time job and the beginning of his culinary career.

After assisting with a seasonal “pop up” restaurant in Newport in 2017, CJ started at the White Horse Tavern as a sauté cook and quickly rose to Sous Chef. In 2020 CJ moved into the Tavern’s Executive Chef position, overseeing the culinary operations of a national historic landmark.  CJ thrives on the challenge of creating farm to table specials using a gifted palate with the freshest of ingredients from land and sea.


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

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


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