The building where The Dylan in situated used to be a theatre, many internationally known plays were shown and the theatre received worldwide fame, but then disaster struck. On Monday May 11th 1772, a tin filled with candle wax caught fire during a performance and set the stage alight. The building burned down and tragically 18 people lost their lives in the increasing panic to get out. Only the main entrance was spared (known as ‘Van Campen’s doorway).
After this tragedy occurred, the builing became the Old & Poor People’s office. One of the charitable activities the Old & Poor People’s office executed included supplying less fortunate people with bread. Vinkeles used to be the bakery and people used to wait their turn in the long hall leading up to the bakery, nowadays known as Brasserie OCCO.
Looking at the beams, windows and the floor, the area has remained practically the same. Today Brasserie OCCO is everything but ordinary and it can be described as cosmopolitan, but still remains ‘The Dylan’ at heart.’ High quality, recognizable dishes, inspiring interior, great wines and personal service define Brasserie OCCO.’ Looking back in history, the intention of the Old & Poor People’s office was to serve as ‘Amsterdam’s Living Room’ and to make everyone feel welcome. This is also the inspiration behind Brasserie OCCO’s interior and design. Both lunch and dinner are served in the brasserie and OCCO’s breakfast plate is a unique option on the menu.
Brasserie OCCO derives its name from Lucas Pomepjus Occo, one of the regents from the time when the Old & Poor People’s office was located in the building. Lucas Pomepjus Occo’s dedications to charity, combined with his desire to help people and to make them feel welcome, are reflected in Brasserie OCCO.