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Tucson sandwich maker bows out of Guy Fieri's Food Network show

Tucson sandwich maker bows out of Guy Fieri's Food Network show

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Austin Counts has a date with Guy Fieri's "Guy's Grocery Games" next season. 

Tucson sandwich maker Austin Counts had to cancel his appearance on Guy Fieri's Food Network show "Guy's Grocery Games" to care for his father James Counts.

The younger Counts was supposed to leave Wednesday to film the show, but he said he couldn't leave Tucson because he had to care for his father. James Counts has been ill for the past couple years after battling throat cancer several years ago.  

James Counts, who has been in a prolonged court battle with his ex-wife over his Nimbus Brewery, complained of his continued declining health during court hearings over the fate of Nimbus last summer.

Austin Counts owns the popular North Fourth Avenue sandwich shop 4th Avenue Deli. He also is a blues singer/songwriter who regularly performs at venues around Tucson.  

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Contact reporter Cathalena E. Burch at cburch@tucson.com or 573-4642. On Twitter @Starburch

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