Currently, the page for KMB still says it caters to Mixers as well.
It seems, to me at least, that the reason for this is a number of factors. Disallowing Mixers was a double-edged sword, reinforcing the Divide at the cost of less interactions between classes. Current topside culture is far more subterfuge based and corps rivaling NLM are reticent to visit (It's been reinforced ICly that cross-corporate patrons are okay, but it still continues to be an issue regardless). With it being 24/7 broadcasting and most TVs turned to 420 by default it seems, people rarely go for fear of heckling or exposing themselves in a culture of cloak and shadow. The service Mixer status for employees while being televised also disinclines people to work there as well. By experience, it's a last resort as people don't want that kind of attention.
This post is purely about perceived wasted opportunity. I would love to see more attention being brought to one of SD's iconic locations, especially topside's only real 'club' environment and I think all it needs is a little love to make it happen. I've thought about this for a bit and come up with a couple ideas that might help. None of these are perfect but I think they could assist in addressing the supposed problems.
1) Moving/removing the camera
The obvious solution is changing the camera's location. With it being on the main floor, most patrons are seen coming in and hanging out in the main area, which makes people averse to it. Putting it in the VIP room might work better, since there is a trend of suicidal Mixers rushing in to be on TV to perm, and would prevent it. Paying for the privilege of being televised. Another possibility would be a televised 'stage' room off the main floor, still allowing general patrons to go on along with performances. Giving general pop a choice in either without being initially outed.
2) Complete rework to turn KMB into Dave & Buster's
Wait, no, don't leave! Seriously! Hear me out!
In order to draw in patrons, creating a corporate only commodity like a barcade would create amazing crowds. Fitting in line with the KOTM scores already present, playing games could net you KMB only currency for KMB only prizes. Similar to Deji's slot machines or the Drome's betting, corpies would be incentivized not only to spend money but hang out more.
This option of course would be a massive undertaking, but I wouldn't be suggesting it if I didn't think it was worthwhile.
In the end, my main points are that KMB could be a lot more, and it remains somewhat mothballed and underutilized in its current state. I'd love to see it and other bars frequented more, but this thread is to suggest changes to KMB specifically and address possible perceived issues with its current model.