* 'Tis the season for restaurant openings. First up, Robert Bynum of Warmdaddy's blues club and West Oak Lane's Relish and Green Soul restaurants, has partnered with Chef Al Paris to bring Heirloom to Chestnut Hill starting tomorrow (8705 Germantown Ave., 215-242-2700). The 50-seat BYO promises "New American Regional Cuisine influenced by the rich flavors of the American South, New England, the Midwest, West and Southwest." Dinner service Tuesday through Sunday; brunch Sundays.

* Ella's American Bistro (214 Sugartown Road, Devon Square, Wayne, 610-964-ELLA) arrives Monday courtesy of Executive Chef Matt Schuler and owner Cortright Wetherill Jr., of Devon Hill BMW. The name nods to Wetherill's mom. Casual fare, locally sourced and naturally grown, is the theme. It will be open for lunch weekdays, dinner Monday-Saturday, with Sunday brunch coming soon.

* Jake's Wayback Burgers, which takes its name from the Newark, Del.-spawned chain's old-fashioned approach to otherwise typical fast-food fare, comes to the Northeast (9173 Roosevelt Blvd., 267-388-7692) Saturday. The 10 a.m.-4 p.m. opening fete includes an 11 a.m. raffle for TVs, iPads and other nifty-sounding stuff, plus free food, and music.

* The Boss is coming to the Sun National Bank Center, in Trenton. No, not that Boss, TLC's "Cake Boss" Buddy Valastro. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Saturday for the March 16 "interactive event" where Valastro will chat about his life, the family bakery in Hoboken, N.J., and his TV shows, and display his masterful way with a baked good. Tix are $37.75 to $75 - the VIP level assures a meet-and-greet postshow and assorted souvenirs. ComcastTIX.com, 800-298-4200.

E-mail food and restaurant news to Assistant Features Editor Laurie Conrad, conradl@phillynews.com.