Jeffrey is the smiling – and very familiar face – greeting guests to the Fairhope Inn.
The Cincinnati native built a seasoned resume in hospitality with stops in Chicago, Colorado and Tunica, MS at properties including Marriott’s Great America, hotels, and casinos. Working in the hospitality trenches, he gathered tips and advice from the dishwasher to sous chef on everything from handling knives to artfully plating food…and life in general. When Jeffrey finally made it to Fairhope in 1998, he vowed he wouldn’t venture north of I-10 again. The charming town quickly became home.
Mog joined the Fairhope Inn after its first major renovation as a restaurant and bed & breakfast under award-winning chef/owner Tyler Kean. Over the next 20 years he managed the restaurant and coordinated hundreds of luncheons, parties, wedding ceremonies and receptions.
When new owner Paige Dawson bought the Inn in 2019, Jeffrey returned from a brief retirement to assist with renovation and re-opening of this grande old dame of Fairhope dining. Her background in hospitality and Jeffrey’s chops in fine dining created a perfect partnership to bring life and light back to the Inn.
This self-described people person loves “forming connections with families” the most, and has seen events over the years become generational. The baby who once starred at a sip and see becomes the honoree at a graduation luncheon or even her own bridal shower.
The Inn’s spectacular wine list is curated carefully by this self-trained sommelier, with a passion for lesser known varietals that pair uniquely with the menu’s signature dishes. Selections that move diners out of their comfort zone at a comfortable price point are the goal.
Favorite dish? Fish du jour – always the freshest seasonal selection, lightly seasoned and finished with a light lemon butter that ensures you taste the fish… not a heavy cream sauce.
Whether reservations for dinner, a weekend getaway or wedding plans… Jeffrey is ready to help you write your own chapter at the Inn.