BARBARA L. SALISBURY / THE WASHINGTON TIMES
Phil Panitch and Betty Auman chat over lunch at the Hawk 'n' Dove bar on Capitol Hill on Wednesday, the day its closing was announced. Mr. Panitch, who has been coming to the bar since 1976, said he was "shocked" to hear the news. Ms. Auman, who eats lunch here three out of five days of the workweek, said, "I couldn't believe it. I mean, it's an institution, and it's my lunchtime home with family that I regularly see."