After years of working for others including his father, Austin Counts has struck out on his own.

Counts, son of Nimbus Brewery owner Jim Counts, opened 4th Avenue Delicatessen five weeks ago in the old home of Buddha’s Dog House at 425 N. Fourth Ave.

Counts served as kitchen manager for eight years at his father's original Nimbus at 3850 E. 44th St. and spent another year in the same position at The B Line.

When he saw a “for rent” sign in front of Buddha’s a few months back, he felt he could fill a void.

“I didn’t see many traditional deli options on Fourth Avenue that stayed open late and offered a sandwich, chips and a drink for under $10,” he said.

Counts sells hot and cold sandwiches using Boar’s Head meats and cheeses.

Many of the selections have Tucson-themed names.

The deli is open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays-Wednesdays and 11 a.m.-3 a.m. Thursdays-Saturdays.

See the full story and more restaurant news in Thursday's Caliente.