Meet the Team
Joseph Jaffre, co-owner of the Roger Sherman Inn, is a veteran of the restaurant and hospitality industry. Since starting his career at the New York institutions Le Bernadin and La Grenouille, he has always taken a hands-on approach to his work in hospitality.
His charming disposition and passion for delivering exquisite customer service has enabled him to build two successful businesses. Le Chateau in South Salem was his first endeavor after his time in New York. During his twenty-seven years of ownership, the property emerged as a prestigious wedding destination. After a two year sabbatical, he discovered the Roger Sherman Inn and immediately saw the potential to breathe life into this New Canaan institution.
With his partner, Nes Jaffre, they committed to elevating the historic New England inn into a desired
destination for fine dining, boutique lodging, catering and special events. Over the last decade, Joseph has been integral to the financial oversight and growth of the business. However, to guests, he is known as the charming and familiar face of the Roger Sherman Inn.
As a New Canaan resident, Joseph takes great pride in the preservation of this historic landmark. His vision for the Inn is always evolving. He is excited about the recent renovation of the inn’s rooms and the new open floor plan, which makes it easier to accommodate weddings and large-scale events in addition to meetings and intimate gatherings.
Nes Jaffre is the co-owner and operator of the Roger Sherman Inn. Since purchasing the Inn in 2008 with Joseph Jaffre, Nes has provided the aesthetic vision for the restaurant, inn, event spaces and grounds.
From the moment Nes first dined at the Inn in 2006, she fell in love with the space, its rich history and sense of community. An interior designer by trade, Nes immediately saw the potential in this New Canaan institution and knew it would be her next big project with Joseph.
Over the past decade, Nes has continued to reinvent the Inn to ensure its relevance as a culinary and special events destination with a reputation for distinguished food and warm hospitality. In addition to its quintessential New England charm, Nes’s approach to personalized customer service and attention to detail has solidified the Inn’s
reputation as a place for friends, families and loved ones to come together to celebrate life’s special events.
Always looking forward, Nes has big plans for the Inn’s future. A passionate owner who is committed to providing unique and memorable experiences, she has perfected the art of creating a home away from home for everyone who visits.
Hassan Dabbous is a well-traveled MBA with a background in financial management in the hospitality industry. He brings his experience in contract negotiation, supply chain management and financial analysis to his work positioning the Roger Sherman Inn for success.
Hassan is focused on the day-to-day finances as well as long-term goals. Through his careful management, the Inn is making the best use of its resources and adapting to the changing needs of its clientele.
Sue Hall serves as the property manager for the Roger Sherman Inn. As a lifelong patron of the inn, Sue has seen the property evolve over the years and was a natural fit when ownership decided to embark on its most recent renovation.
A veteran in the hospitality and interior design world, Sue is a self-proclaimed “jill of all trades” when it comes to her work at the inn. She has been instrumental in implementing the Jaffre’s vision for the interiors, exteriors and landscape, instilling a new sense of vibrancy into the property. In addition to transforming the landscape, Sue brings the outdoors in through table design as well as daily floral arrangements for the Inn and restaurant.
Sue is thrilled to build on her family's long-standing tradition of celebrating milestone occasions at the Inn by personalizing special events for clients. Her father, who brought the YMCA to New Canaan, hosted special dinners and events at the Inn for as long as she can remember.