AVERY — The small town of Avery, once a bustling railroad hub on the Milwaukee Road, has seen its population dwindle more and more since the last trains rumbled through in 1980. For decades, it’s been a sleepy town in the southern reaches of Shoshone County with little to offer in terms of amenities — except of course the countless natural ones that surround the town. Thanks to the efforts of North Idaho natives Pete and Lori Hill, Avery is getting a bit less sleepy now that it has a new restaurant that offers customers two specialty food items that will keep them coming back for more.
TFP’s Restaurant & Bar opened on Jan. 30, 2020 and has seen a steady stream of hunters, fisherman, snowmobilers, locals and other visitors pass through the front door to partake in either their signature wood-fired pizza or their locally inspired broasted chicken and jojos. The business’ namesake is none other than owner Pete Hill, who explains that TFP was a nickname given to him by an old high school buddy. Pete, originally from St. Maries (and owner of H&H Express Freight Company), and Lori, originally from Bonners Ferry, decided to get into the restaurant business because it has always been a dream of Lori’s to run her own place. “We want to make Avery a destination spot for people to go,” Lori said. “We don’t want this little town to die. There’s so much history here that people need to know about.” Combine her years of restaurant serving and management experience with Pete’s knowledge of the area and it was an easy choice to put the business in Avery.