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The bar is a literal time capsule. Decades of cigarette smoke residue and old political campaign and sports bumper stickers cover the walls. Layers of dust also cover trophy animal heads affixed high on the walls.

But Betty Auman, who works down the street at the Library of Congress and lunches at the Hawk several times a week, said she fears its replacement won’t have the gritty ambiance that appeals to its legion of regulars.

“There are some things that shouldn’t be allowed to happen,” Ms. Auman said. “I don’t want new and shiny.”